fresh blackberry margaritas

Fresh squeezed citrus, crushed wild blackberries, simple syrup...  and of course, some tequila & triple sec!

Summer is officially coming to an end, and kids are going back to school.

In my world, that's a celebration, since I love fall and can't wait for the season's change!  In my husband's world, summer ending is like a death and requires some mourning.

I don't know how it goes in your house, but mourning in this house involves margaritas.  Really good, homemade margaritas.

My husband has become somewhat of a margarita-king lately...  perfecting his recipe and loving to spoil our friends, family & guests with his homemade masterpiece.

This last weekend, he decided to switch things up a bit and make some blackberry margaritas.  And my word, they were delicious!!

Give these a try if you can snag a few handfuls of blackberries, and celebrate (or mourn, depending on how you feel) the end of summer with us!

Fresh Blackberry Margaritas Recipe
makes enough for 4-6 servings

1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 1/2 cups fresh squeezed lime juice
1 cup simple syrup*
2 cups, or so, fresh blackberries
Triple Sec

*Make the simple syrup (recipe below) and let it cool.

In a pitcher, mix together the lemon & lime juices with the simple syrup (you can start with 1/2 cup and add more to taste if you're not sure how sweet you'd like things!).

For each margarita, place a handful of blackberries in a salt-rimmed large glass.  Muddle (smash with something blunt, like a muddler or the end of a spoon) until the berries are crushed.  

Fill the glass with ice, pour in a good splash of Triple Sec, a shot or two of tequila and then fill with the margarita mix.  Top with a couple of berries and serve!


Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup sugar
1 cup water

Place the sugar and water in a small saucepan.  Heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is melted and the syrup is clear.

Remove from the heat and let cool.  Store in a jar the fridge for up to several weeks!

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