Gooseberry Margaritas

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.

Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
Total:
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Recipe Time

Hands On: 14 Minutes
Total: 17 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 178
  • Fat: 0.4g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.0g
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrate: 21.3g
  • Fiber: 1.7g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 0.5mg
  • Sodium: 170mg
  • Calcium: 9mg

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

Preparation

  1. 1. Place 1 1/2 cups gooseberries in a mortar or other small bowl; gently crush with a pestle or fork.
  2. 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. 3. Combine gooseberry mixture, tequila, soda, and Grand Marnier in a large pitcher; stir gently.
  4. 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.
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