Gooseberry Margaritas

Gooseberry Margaritas Recipe
Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr
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.


Serves 8 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
Total time: 17 Minutes

Recipe from

Cooking Light

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 14 Minutes
Total: 17 Minutes

Nutritional 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


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


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.

Mary Drennen,

Cooking Light

July 2013