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Triple Berry Margaritas

Not only are berries in season, but they are on sale at the market! How could I resist coming home with lots of fresh blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.

I accidentally stumbled upon this recipe on Epicurious and knew it was meant to be.

The prep took a bit of work, since the berries must be pureed and strained to remove any seeds. I considered trying to purchase berry juice, but they all included banana and, frankly, a banana margarita does not sound appealing to me. The result was outstanding: extra smooth and very fruity. I used equal parts blackberries and raspberries, but you could tip the scales either way as long as the proportions stay the same. The only problem I had with the original recipe was that it didn’t tell me how much puree I would need to make the drinks. I noted how much to look for below. I rimmed the glasses with salt. Sugar could be used instead, but I personally think salt is the way to go.

Serve these at a bbq. You only need these drinks, a bowl of salsa and some chips to start a great party.

Triple Berry Margaritas
2 cups blackberries
2 cups raspberries
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2/3 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups tequilla
2/3 cup Grand Marnier
2 cups strawberries, frozen but thawed slightly
5 cups ice, dividedWhizz or blend blackberries, raspberries, lime juice and sugar until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve to make about 3 cups of puree. Stir in tequila and Grand Marnier and refrigerate until ready to use, or at least 1 hour.

Combine 1/2 of berry-lime mixture with 1 cup of strawberries and 2 1/2 cups of ice in your blender. Blend until smooth and serve in salt rimmed glasses. Repeat with remainder of berry puree, strawberries and ice.
Serves 8-10.

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  • Clare Eats
    July 24, 2005

    oh wow Nic!
    You keep coming up trumps. Do you think this would work with frozen berries?? I am just about to post about my second package!

  • Fanny
    July 25, 2005

    Yummy its looks so great and seems to be a good refreshing (and entertaining) drink for the hot summer days.

  • Nic
    July 25, 2005

    Clare – I do think that you can use frozen berries. Just defrost them first. Maybe you should defrost them over a collander so that any excess water will drip out.

    Fanny – Thanks. It was very refreshing!

  • sarah
    July 25, 2005

    a girl after my own liver…BERRY MARGARITAS! excellent recipe, and gorgeous photo, as always!

    now if you could do one with lychees…

  • Pille
    July 26, 2005

    That Margarita looks absolutely yummy, Nic!!! Luckily I know a friendly barman who might just knock up a similar one upon request:)

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