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Blackberry Basil Margarita

Posted by: Ari Laing

This light, refreshing Blackberry Basil Margarita is your new favorite cocktail! It's lightly sweet, a little tart, and has a bright, citrusy flavor from fresh muddled basil. You'll love this for Cinco de Mayo or any summer gathering to help cool you down!

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Posted by: Ari Laing
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Blackberry Basil Margarita

This light, refreshing Blackberry Basil Margarita is your new favorite cocktail! It's lightly sweet, a little tart, and has a bright, citrusy flavor from fresh muddled basil. You'll love this for Cinco de Mayo or any summer gathering to help cool you down!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Keyword: casamigos, cinco de mayo cocktail, how to make a margarita, margarita recipe, tequila cocktail
Servings: 1 drink
Calories: 250kcal
Author: Ari Laing

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker with strainer or large glass with tight fitting lid and a fine mesh strainer
  • Muddler
  • Lowball glass

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup blackberries plus more for serving
  • 4 basil leaves plus more for serving
  • ½ oz simple syrup or agave nectar
  • 1 ½ oz tequila blanco such as Casamigos
  • 1 ½ oz lime juice plus lime wheels or wedges for serving
  • 1 oz Cointreau
  • Kosher salt for rim of glass

Instructions

  • Muddle the blackberries and basil. Place ¼ cup fresh blackberries in the cup of  a cocktail shaker, then add basil leaves and ½ oz of simple syrup (or agave). Use a muddler to crush the blackberries and bruise the basil.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Fill the shaker with ice, then add 1 ½ oz tequila, 1 ½ oz fresh lime juice, and 1 oz Cointreau. Secure lid, then shake for 10-12 seconds to aerate the drink.
  • Prepare the glass, then serve. Run a lime wedge along the rim of a glass, then dip upside down into a shallow bowl of kosher salt. Place ice in glass (optional). Strain into glass and serve with additional blackberries, basil, and/or lime for garnish.

Notes

  • Note: if using a standard size cocktail shaker, we recommend making 1 drink at a time. Otherwise, there are too many blackberries and basil in the cocktail shaker to muddle appropriately. Certainly you can make this in larger quantities in a larger shaker or glass jar.
  • To make simple syrup: Combine equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan, then heat without bringing to a boil until the sugar has melted. We recommend using 1 cup of each, then storing leftover simple syrup in a squeeze bottle or airtight container. When sealed and stored in a refrigerator, simple syrup will keep for weeks.

Nutrition

Sodium: 12mg | Calcium: 21mg | Vitamin C: 21mg | Vitamin A: 183IU | Sugar: 22g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 131mg | Calories: 250kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 1g | Protein: 1g | Carbohydrates: 27g | Iron: 1mg
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