There is an expression I dread to hear: “I’m over edge.” When Suzen says that, there is the threat of a tornado, flooding, or quake. Probably simultaneously.

After a recent stressful event here, she looked at me and said, “I need a drink.”

“Mojito?” I suggested her favorite.

“No.” She said.


“No.” She said it louder.

Her next sentence was going to be that dreaded, “I’m over the edge.”

“You want something different,” I said, cutting her off.

She nodded yes.

“Go to the front room,” I suggested, hoping to get her out of the kitchen. I opened the refrigerator, found some goodies, and created this super smoothie margarita chock full of fruit flavors.

I gave her a glassful. “Yum,” she said.

Disaster averted.

You can make this with just the blackberries and have a good drink, but the banana here adds a flavor layer that is obvious and delicious. It makes the drink a bit more viscous. You’ll want to balance the berry/banana flavor here, and you may need a bit more sugar syrup depending on the ripeness of your fruit.

Blackberry Banana Margarita

Yield: 1 full blender, probably 6 drinks


  • ½ cup white tequila
  • ½ cup orange liquor
  • ½ cup lime juice
  • ½ cup simple sugar syrup
  • 1 pint of blackberries
  • 1 large, ripe banana


Put everything in the blender and process until the berries and banana are smooth. Then add enough ice to fill the blender to the top. Process until the ice is pulverized and you have a smooth consistency. Serve into chilled glasses, top with a whole blackberry.

Source: Brian O’Rourke