Photo: Levi Brown; Styling: Thom Driver
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
8 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

Blend fresh blackberries with simple syrup, agave blanco tequila, Grand Marnier, and fresh lime juice for a delicious margarita that pairs perfectly with hot summer weather.

How to Make It

Combine 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar and kosher salt in a dish. Cut lime into 9 wedges; rub rims of 8 glasses with 1 lime wedge. Dip rims of glasses in salt mixture. Combine water and 1/2 cup sugar in a microwave-safe glass measuring cup. Microwave at HIGH 2 1/2 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar; cool. Combine syrup, tequila, Grand Marnier, fresh lime juice, and blackberries in a blender; process until smooth. Strain mixture through a cheesecloth-lined sieve over a pitcher; discard solids. Serve over ice. Garnish with remaining lime wedges.

Also appeared in: Cooking Light, June, 2011

Ratings & Reviews

Fresh, delicious and refreshing!

May 03, 2016
Definitely worth the little effort of the straining-- my new favorite cocktail. Perfectly sweet and sour, the blackberry makes this margarita shine. I used Roses sweetened lime juice in place of the simple syrup, and it was perfect.

Good recipe, but...

August 27, 2015
Come on - serving size half cup?!?! I am tired of recipes that don't give honest serving sizes! A half cup wouldn't even cover the ice, unless you put this in a shot glass

Jduff76's Review

June 07, 2013
Delicious! A little time consuming due to the straining of the blackberries, but worth it if you're entertaining for a small group.

Billiez's Review

July 03, 2012

marybeth123's Review

May 06, 2012
These were really delicious, although a bit messy to prepare with the sieve. I liked that the recipe made 4 nice generous servings so the effort was worthwhile. I used bottled organic simple syrup from Bev Mo to save a step.

pennylanearmy's Review

May 04, 2012
These. Were. Perfect! The problem I usually have with margaritas is they are either too sour or too sweet. This was the perfect balance. Like all the other reviews, it takes some patience to strain, but I whipped these up in about 15 minutes. Made a batch 24 hours before the party and they stayed fresh!

kblurton's Review

May 01, 2012
These were delicious and refreshing. I cut the sugar in half since the first batch I made was too sweet. I didn't have cheesecloth, so I used a regular strainer. I agree with the other reviews that it was a little messy and time consuming, but well worth it!

abofus's Review

August 11, 2011
Yum! I only had 1/2 cup Grand Marnier (2 nips worth) and used bottled lime juice - and it tasted like a margarita at a high end restaurant - maybe better, certainly fresher! There was a little mess made between blender - sieve- pour, but easy to clean up and worthwhile.

Mary712's Review

July 02, 2011

dallastx's Review

June 19, 2011
My guest who doesn't like margaritas loved these. I liked them too though they are definitely on the sweeter side. I didn't use a cheesecloth, only a medium-mesh sieve. It was rather messy and time-consuming but worth the trouble.