Latin Twist: The Blackberry Margarita

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Deep plum red, rich in summertime flavors, and deliciosísimas, the Blackberry Margarita is the new margarita  in my life…and maybe soon in yours! Blackberry Margarita 2 Margaritas, like other lime based drinks (think caipirinhas and mojitos) are akin to canvases: they can be painted with many a fruit. Blackberries have been abundant these last few weeks, and so I was inspired. This is just a slight variation from  a recipe I shared on my Latin Twist blog in May of 2013, the classic margaritaThe classic margarita has three principal ingredients: tequila, lime juice, and Cointreau or triple sec. As I always say, vary amounts according to what you enjoy most (yes, my friends, play with your drinks!), but these three components are key! This one, the blackberry margarita, adds this aforementioned luscious fruit to the mix. The result? Just fabulous…

And, my friends, if you’d like to make a virgin version, simply double up on lime juice, add some water, and you’ll have a kind of blackberry limeade that is just as gorgeous, tasty and refreshing.  ¡Buen provecho! Enjoy!

Latin Twist: The Blackberry Margarita

Serving Size: 1

This recipe is easy to multiply for a crowd. Also, if you would like enjoy your blackberry margarita as a frozen treat, simply strain the limes out, pour the mixture into a blender, add sufficient ice, and mix away until you've got your desired consistency!

Ingredients

  • 1 lime cut into eighths, plus an additional segment for garnish
  • 4 blackberries, plus additional for garnish
  • Sugar, to taste (note: May not be necessary!)
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. In a bar glass, muddle the lime and the blackberries with a little bit of sugar.
  2. Add the lime juice and ice.
  3. Pour in the tequila, Cointreau or triple sec.
  4. Add the ice. Shake well and strain (if you’d like it straight up!) or just pour into the prepared glass.
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Blackberry Margarita Serves 1

1 lime cut into eighths, plus an additional segment for garnish
4 blackberries, plus additional for garnish
Sugar, to taste (note: May not be necessary!)
Juice from 1 lime
1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
1/2 ounce Cointreau or Triple Sec
1 cup ice cubes

In a bar glass, muddle the lime and the blackberries with a little bit of sugar. Add the lime juice and ice. Pour in the tequila, Cointreau or triple sec. Add the ice. Shake well and strain (if you’d like it straight up!) or just pour into the prepared glass.

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Maybe it was the dinner parties my mom always threw—or the hours I spent prepping and cooking alongside her (and then on my own!). Or maybe it was array of fabulous dishes that my family sampled in New York City’s richly diverse restaurants, but I’ve loved creating, savoring, and sharing food for as long as I can remember. Living in Spain, and later in Peru, also greatly influenced my life. These years abroad taught me Spanish—and about living in different countries--but also introduced me to teaching English as a second language, which I’ve done—mostly in the US-- for the past 20-plus (yikes!) years. I’ve authored two cocktail/tapas books, Mambo Mixers and Calypso Coolers, coauthored more than 15 others (mostly food related!), and raised two children. Now I'm chef and owner of my own restaurant, Mambo 64 in Tuckahoe, New York. My message is the same, whether I'm teaching, writing, running the restaurant or being a regular guest on the Spanish-language network Telemundo (on the morning show, Buenos Días Nueva York!). My belief in food—and the power of food—is far reaching, and is married with another one: the power of stories. I’m sure that if we could all sit down and have meals together, sharing both tastes and tales, we’d have peace on earth. Enjoy!

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