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I had thought blackberry season was over. But there was a stack of boxes of blackberries sitting at Sam’s club.

I picked one up and asked my wife, “Blackberry margarita?’


I went very blackberry this time. I tasted one berry and, this late in the season, realized the berries were a little light on flavor. So, I added some blackberry liquor and found the result to be most intense. You know it is berry at the very first sip.

For the tequila, I used a dark one [resperado], aged and full of flavor to match the richness of the berries [plus that blackberry liquor].

I was happy. Suzi was happy. And the drinks went well with Turkish Eggplant Boats Topped with Spiced Lamb.

That recipe? Tomorrow!

Intense Blackberry Margarita

Yield: 4 cocktails


  • 5 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 ounces simple syrup
  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces blackberry liquor
  • 2 cups ice cubes [or more to your liking; I used four!]


Add all the ingredients into blender. Grind away until you get the consistency you desire.

Source: Brian O’Rourke

Photo Information: Canon T2i with .25 meter Macro Lens, f/5.6, 1/60th second, ISO-2500