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.

Mary Drennen
Recipe by Cooking Light July 2013

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Credit: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

Recipe Summary

hands-on:
14 mins
total:
17 mins
Yield:
Serves 8 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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.

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

  • 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.

Nutrition Facts

178 calories; fat 0.4g; protein 1g; carbohydrates 21.3g; fiber 1.7g; iron 0.5mg; sodium 170mg; calcium 9mg.
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