Comida Latina, Dairy Free, Drinks, Recipes

Blackberry Limonada Margarita

May 4, 2016
This pitcher blackberry margarita made with pretty blackberry ice cubes & lots of fresh citrus juice is perfect for your next summertime party.

Holy Mother of God, what a week!!

Seriously, when I conjured up this whole Margarita Week thing in my head I thought maybe a few of my friends would throw up some recipes because they love me and know I love tequila but I never thought so many über-talented food bloggers (many of whom I only know in the virtual sense of the term) really went BIG! I mean just take a moment to peruse through this list. It breaks my margarita-loving heart then seals it back up again with a salted rim. All I want to say to those of you who participated is, Thank You. You guys make me very thirsty.

Blackberry Limonada Margarita Recipe

After reading Nicole’s post on what Cinco de Mayo is really about I wanted to make up some brutal blood-colored margarita and call it “The Machete” or a corn-flavored one and call it “The Campesino” but those ideas still need to be fleshed out. (I have copyright on all that business so don’t get any big ideas :).

Blackberry Limonada Margarita Recipe

Instead I went with something loosely based on a cocktail I had in Miami at Yardbird, (a most delicious fried chicken place that you should obviously visit). It was a bourbon drink but also had blackberries and lemon and I knew tequila would fit in there somewhere.

Blackberry Limonada Margarita Recipe

This margarita is excellent if you’re entertaining tonight because not only can you make the syrup ahead of time but you can mix up a big pitcher of the entire drink, without ice of course, cover it and refrigerate until party time.

Blackberry Limonada Margarita Recipe

If you want to be fancy you can also make blackberry ice by popping fresh blackberries into an ice cube tray and filling with water then freeze! Add those to each glass and everyone will think you’re the shit….which you are.

Blackberry Limonada Margarita Recipe

Happy Cinco de Mayo!!


Blackberry Limonada Margarita: A Pitcher Cocktail Recipe
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Ice cubes and syrup can be made up to a week in advance. Margarita can be mixed and refrigerated in the pitcher up to a day in advance.
Serves: 8 drinks
For the Ice Cubes:
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • water
For the Blackberry Syrup:
  • 2 cups (about 10 ounces fresh or frozen blackberries), plus more for garnish
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
For the Margarita:
  • 4 lemons, juiced
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 2 cups silver tequila
  • 1 recipe blackberry syrup
  • 1 cup Grand Mariner or other orange liqueur
  • Lemon slices, for garnish
  • salt for rim
  1. To make the blackberry ice cubes; place blackberries in an ice cube tray and fill the tray with water. Freeze until solid.
  2. To make the blackberry syrup; combine blackberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir to dissolve sugar. Bring to a gentle boil and cook until blackberries start to break down, about 10-15 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl and mash berries through the sieve to collect all the juice. Discard seeds. Let syrup cool.
  4. To make the margarita; combine syrup, lemon juice, lime juice, tequila, and Grand Mariner in a pitcher. Stir to combine. Cover and chill until cold.
  5. Rub a lemon slice around the edge of each glass and dip the rim in salt. Fill each glass with blackberry ice cubes and pour margarita into each glass. Garnish with lemon slices and extra blackberries and serve.

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  • Katrina Abram May 5, 2016 at 11:40 am

    This was one of my favourite online blog join ups EVER! Such a fun idea for an amazing foodie holiday! Thank you so much for organizing this. I have a million recipes to make now and I couldn’t be happier!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Aww thanks, Katrina! I am overwhelmed by the margaritas you and everyone else put up–really spectacular. Thanks so much for joining in the fun!

  • Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek May 5, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Okay first of all, these look absolutely stunning! And they sound delicious! But secondly, and most importantly, thank you so much for organizing this wonderful blogger bonanza! I loved participating in #MargaritaWeek, and I think I’ve got a cocktail to-do list that is a mile long now 😉 xoxo Happy Cinco de Mayo!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 6, 2016 at 11:57 am

      Thanks so much Kelsey! What a week, right?!!

  • grace May 5, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    this is a very pretty cocktail, kate! thanks for organizing this massive collection–there are so many i want to try, this contribution included!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 6, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Thank you Grace! We should have enough cocktail recipes now to last us at least through Memorial Day. 🙂

  • MB @ Bourbon and Brown Sugar May 6, 2016 at 11:25 am

    I had so much fun wandering through the Margarita Week posts… would love to join the party next year (and any other parties you host in the mean time). Love your recipe… it’s so nice to be able to mix up a pitcher of cocktails before guests arrive… and these are gorgeous!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 6, 2016 at 11:59 am

      Thank you! You can sign up for next year’s Margarita Week at the bottom of the Margarita Week page!

  • Lola (Lola's Cocina) May 6, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Thanks again for including me in this awesome recipe roundup. I wanted to run out the door to buy the ingredients for every single recipe that was shared, including this one! Keep up the great work.

    P.S. I was binging on all of your North Dakota Today videos — you’re so funny and I love that you’re sharing your delicious food and love of Mexican food and culture with N.D.

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm

      Haha! That’s so funny Lola! I’m glad you appreciate my ridiculous humor. Thanks so much for sharing your drink–I’m dying to make it BTW! 🙂

  • Jamie | Hola Croqueta May 8, 2016 at 5:16 am

    SO glad I found you! I love that we both have “hola” in our blog names! To think, I had doubts about my blog name thinking no one would know how to pronounce it. Silly me! I just read your About section and it’s so awesome that you’ve discovered the magical world of Latin cooking. I was born from Cuban parents, raised in South Florida so it’s definitely a fave of mine too. I hope we can connect someday! 🙂

    P.S. This recipe looks!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 9, 2016 at 4:19 pm

      Thanks so much Jamie! Cuban food rocks my world, can’t wait to check out your site!

  • Nicole Makrinos May 27, 2016 at 4:54 pm

    Thanks for the shout out, Kate! I really didn’t know anything about Cinco de Mayo until I actually had to teach about it. When I actually researched it, I that the story was really interesting so I always share it with my classes. I love this combination you have going on here. My sugar-oriented mind wants to turn this combo into a cookie. Have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend!

    • Kate Ramos
      Kate Ramos May 28, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      I thought it was super interesting too Nicole. I hope you have some time to relax this weekend and enjoy a margarita or two!