This simple blueberry margarita recipe needs only four ingredients, blueberries, limes, triple sec and tequila for a cold, refreshing summer blueberry cocktail.
Blueberries are my favorite summer fruit. I love them in desserts, like this blueberry upside down cake and in salads like this blueberry and beet salad. So it only makes sense that I’d love this easy blueberry margarita too!
Margaritas are a quintessential summer cocktail. They are simple with only three ingredients in a basic margarita, yet endless variations. The simplicity of the drink is part of its charm. This recipe just adds some blueberries to the basic margarita combination of lime, tequila and triple sec.
Prepare Margarita Glasses
If you want to have the traditional salt or sugar rim you should prepare the margarita glasses before you mix the cocktail. Pour the salt or sugar on a small plate and run a wedge of orange or lime around the rim to get it wet.
Then dip the glass rim carefully in the salt or sugar. Whether you use salt or sugar is up to you, but either way you want to use something with a large crystal size so it sparkles and adds excitement to the drink. For salt Kosher salt works well. If you prefer sugar you can use crystallized sugar for a similar larger size crystal.
How to Make a Blueberry Margarita
The most important thing to keep in mind when making this (or any) margarita is that you need to use fresh limes. It is tempting to buy a bottle of lime juice but if you do that it won’t taste the same. Fresh lime juice is essential to a good margarita. It takes only a minute or two to juice a lime and it makes a huge difference in a drink that has so few ingredients.
For this cocktail the juice of one lime is blended with one cup of blueberries to give the drink its blueberry flavor. Now some people make a simple syrup by boiling blueberries with sugar, but I prefer the flavor of the blended blueberries. I also don’t think the cocktail needs the extra sugar in a simple syrup.
When you blend the blueberries with the lime juice you help preserve the color of the blueberries. The acidic lime juice keeps the blueberries from oxidizing so they maintain their pretty color, similar to how lime juice keeps avocados from turning brown.
After you blended blueberries they need to be strained to get rid of the blueberry skins. Then those blueberries are combined with the juice of another lime, tequila and triple sec to complete the drink. Mix it in a cocktail shaker and pour into a glass over ice.
Fresh or Frozen Blueberries?
You can also make this recipe with frozen blueberries, which gives you more of a frozen blueberry margarita with a classic slushy texture. This is also delicious and refreshing. I just like fresh blueberries so much that I prefer to use them, especially during the summer blueberry season.
Adding Sweetener to the Blueberry Margarita
I don’t usually add any sweetener to this drink. I like the tart taste of lime juice and sweetness and bitterness of triple sec to come through in the blueberry cocktail. The blueberries add quite a bit of sweetness on their own. However if you like your margaritas on the sweet side you could add a tablespoon of agave nectar to the drink.
This blueberry cocktail recipe makes a delicious summer drink. It is great for celebrating Cinco de Mayo or just serving on taco Tuesday. It is a very simple twist on a classic margarita, which takes just a few minutes to make.
I garnished the cocktail with lime wedges and a cocktail pic full of extra blueberries! Blueberries are perfect addition to this classic drink because they give it a stunning purple-red color and a subtle sweetness that blends with the lime and tequila.
- 2 limes
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 ounce triple sec
- 2 ounces tequila
- Juice both limes.
- Put the fresh blueberries in a blender with half the lime juice and blend.
- Strain the blueberry mixture into a cocktail shaker.
- Add the remaining lime juice, triple sec and tequila to the cocktail shaker and shake.
- Serve over ice garnished with lime and blueberries.
You can also use frozen blueberries for a frozen Margarita. In that case you can skip the straining step.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 321Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 7gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are estimates.