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The Margarita is a traditional drink with a history as intricate as its recipe. Some say it was created in the early 1900s by a Mexican restaurant for an aspiring actress; others say it’s just a variation on a Daisy cocktail from the Prohibition era that uses tequila instead of brandy. Various theories abound regarding its origins. Whatever its roots may be, the Margarita has become a global phenomenon, with many variants serving as a window into other cultures’ cuisines and cultures’ culinary traditions. Today, we’re bringing a touch of summer to this classic drink by adding blackberries to the mix, creating a Blackberry Margarita Smash. Those in search of a drink that combines the acidic zest of lime with the sweet and tart flavors of ripe blackberries and the warmth of tequila will find it in this recipe. It’s the perfect recipe for relaxing or hosting guests because it’s both refreshing and indulgent.

Light nibbles or appetizers that won’t overpower the vivid flavors of the Blackberry Margarita Smash are the perfect complement. For a pleasant contrast, try serving the drink with shrimp tacos or fresh ceviche. To temper the acidity, try serving the drink with salty almonds or a selection of cheeses. As a palette refresher in between bites, served with a zesty dip and an abundance of crisp, fresh veggies.

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Ingredients

One cup of fresh blackberries, plus a little more for topping

2-Tbsp sugar, or more or less according to taste-4 oz tequila, ideally reposado for the velvety wood flavor.

– Cointreau or triple sec, two ounces of orange liqueur

Two limes, squeezed just before use – Crushed ice, to taste

– Two wheels of lime, for garnishing

— A few fresh mint leaves, around a handful, to serve as a garnish

Garnish each glass with a dusting of coarse salt or sugar, if desired.

What to do

1. In a cocktail shaker, smash the blackberries and sugar together until the sugar starts to dissolve.

2. Dilute the blackberry combination with lime juice, orange liqueur, and tequila. Put crushed ice into the shaker.

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3. Put the shaker cover on and give it a good shake for around 15 seconds, or until it’s completely cooled.

4. If preferred, use a lime wedge to run around the edge of two glasses and dip them into the coarse salt or sugar that has been put on a dish.

5. Put some crushed ice into each glass that has a rim.

6. Evenly divide the blackberry margarita mixture among the glasses that have been prepared.

7. Top with a pinch of fresh mint, a wheel of lime, and more blackberries.

8. Enjoy responsibly and serve immediately!

Tips and Variations

To make it alcohol-free, just replace the tequila and orange liqueur with carbonated water or lemon-lime soda.

– For a delicious alternative to blackberries, try raspberries or blueberries.

– To make your tequila more fiery, you may either add a slice of jalapeƱo to the mix or use a combination of salt and chili powder to garnish the glass.

– After macerating with sugar for an hour, blackberries will release considerably more flavor when mushed.

– Add a little simple syrup or agave syrup if you’re craving something sweet.

Always taste your drink before adding more or less components; balance is crucial. It comes down to individual taste, whether sweetness or acidity is more prominent.

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