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Gooseberry Margaritas

Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 14 mins
Total time 17 mins
Yield Serves 8 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
Tart, fragrant gooseberries come in red, green, or Cape varieties (a gold berry in a papery husk). Red and green are most common–look for them at farmers' markets. If you can't find them, use raspberries instead.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups gooseberries, divided
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1 cup club soda
  • 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier
  • 2 tablespoons white sparkling sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 9 lime wedges, divided

Nutrition Information

  • calories 178
  • fat 0.4 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.0 g
  • polyfat 0.0 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 21.3 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 0.5 mg
  • sodium 170 mg
  • calcium 9 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place 1 1/2 cups gooseberries in a mortar or other small bowl; gently crush with a pestle or fork.

  2. Combine crushed gooseberries, granulated sugar, and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook until sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; cool completely. Strain through a sieve over a bowl; discard solids. Stir in lime juice; chill.

  3. Combine gooseberry mixture, tequila, soda, and Grand Marnier in a large pitcher; stir gently.

  4. Combine sparkling sugar, salt, and red pepper in a saucer. Rub the rims of 8 glasses with 1 lime wedge; spin rim of each glass in salt mixture to coat. Fill each prepared glass with ice. Divide margarita mixture evenly among glasses. Garnish with remaining gooseberries and lime wedges.