Summer Blackberry Margaritas

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It’s August, and the blackberries in our back yard are finally getting ripe! I went out to pick some after a long day at the office, and after a few pricks and snags (blackberry bushes are VERY thorny!) I decided the best way to put these little gems to use would be in a batch of margaritas!

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Margaritas are one of my favorite summertime cocktails, they always seem to put people in a relaxed and festive mood. Blackberries make a great compliment to the traditional tangy lime flavor, not to mention add some rich color (and probably some health benefits too, right???)

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For a batch of 4 you will need:
– 2 cups of fresh blackberries
– 1/2 cup of simple syrup (or to taste)
– 1/2 cup of triple sec
– 2/3 cup of tequila
– juice of 3 limes
– coarse sea salt for the rim of your glasses

DSC_0695Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 10 – 15 seconds should do. Next, pour the liquid through a mesh strainer into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. This step can be a bit tedious, but is definitely necessary, because getting tons of raspberry seeds stuck in your teeth is really no fun. You can help the process along by pressing the juice against the strainer with a small rubber spatula.
DSC_0723Now tighten the lid and give that baby a good shake. Prep your glasses by running a lime wedge around each rim, and dipping each glass into a saucer of sea salt to coat. Fill up each glass with ice cubes, and pour. Garnish with a lime wedge or a few whole berries and sip away!
DSC_0715Cheers to Summer! It’s not over yet!

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