This Blackberry Basil Margarita is a classic margarita recipe but with the added refreshing flavors of blackberries and a touch of basil. They make for the perfect muddled margarita recipe!
- Blackberries- I definitely recommend using fresh blackberries. Strawberries would also make a delicious substitute. If you only have access to frozen fruit, defrost the berries before muddling.
- Basil- I use 3 large leaves per drink, plus a small leaf for garnish (optional).
- Cointreau- or your favorite orange liquer
- Tequila- I highly recommend using 100% agave tequila.
- Agave syrup- it adds the perfect sweetness! I recommend using agave over other sweeteners, but if your grocery store is out of it, you can give maple syrup a try as a substitute.
- Lime juice- a classic ingredient in margaritas!
How to make Blackberry Basil Margaritas
- Muddle the blackberries, basil, and orange liqueur together then strain them to remove the seeds and leaves. This extra step is so worth it to not have seeds in your drink.
- Add the strained blackberry basil mixture to a cocktail shaker with tequila, agave syrup, lime juice, and ice.
- Shake, strain, garnish, and enjoy!
Large batch margarita tips
If you want to make these muddled margaritas for a crowd, you can mix all the ingredients together in a pitcher and then shake them one at a time with ice in a cocktail shaker. Shaking them with ice will dilute them slightly and keep them from tasting too strong. If you prefer to not shake each one individually (totally understandable!), then just add some ice to the pitcher to help dilute them slightly and keep them cold.
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I hope you enjoy this perfect summer cocktail. If you try this blackberry basil margarita please let me know what you think in the comments below!
Blackberry Basil Margarita
- lime juice if desired for rimming the glass
- sea salt if desired for rimming the glass
- 5 blackberries
- 3 basil leaves
- 0.5 oz Cointreau
- 2 oz 100% agave tequila
- 1 oz agave syrup
- 1 oz lime juice
- If a salted glass is desired, rim a glass with lime juice then sea salt.
- Using a muddler or the back of a wooden spoon, muddle the berries, basil, and Cointreau in a cup or small bowl.
- Place the muddled berries and basil in a strainer over a small bowl and strain (you may need to use a spoon to push all the liquid through).
- In a cocktail shaker, shake together the liquid from the blackberries and basil along with the tequila, agave syrup, lime juice, and ice until cold.
- Pour into the salted glass with ice. Garnish with any extra basil or blackberries, if desired.