I mentioned a little while ago that one of my goals this summer is to try new types of cocktails, and more specifically, different flavored margaritas.  Such an arduous task, you know…  If you are a fellow margarita lover then you’ll be glad to know I’m making good progress with this goal and will continue to share my results here :)  The first time I saw this particular recipe I had mixed feelings.  A blackberry margarita sounded wonderful, but I wasn’t so sure about the thyme.  I love thyme in more savory applications but in a fruity drink?  Hmmm.   I decided to give it a try and am happy to report that this flavor combination gets a big thumbs up from me.  The thyme is very understated and I am not sure I would have even noticed it if I hadn’t known it were there.  Just like the strawberry lemonade I made recently, I think the addition of sparkling water here adds an extra little something.  I have a feeling I’ll be experimenting more with sparkling water this summer as well.  If you have an abundance of blackberries and want to try something different from the usual muffins/scones/pancakes., try these margaritas for a fun summer beverage.


18 blackberries, divided
3 small sprigs fresh thyme
1 cup crushed ice
1/3 cup tequila
¼ cup simple syrup
Juice of 1 lime
1 tbsp. orange liqueur such as triple sec or Cointreau
¼ cup sparkling water


  • 01

    Place 16 of the blackberries in a food processor or blender with the thyme leaves.  Pulse to puree until smooth.  Strain the blackberry puree through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much liquid as possible.

  • 02

    Combine the blackberry puree, ice, tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, orange liqueur and sparkling water in a blender or food processor.  Blend until smooth and well combined.  Pour into two glasses and garnish with reserved blackberries and additional thyme, if desired.

  • This would make such a fun party drink!

  • Wow, def looks refreshing!

  • Blackberry-thyme, eh? Very intriguing!

  • I adore this recipe. The thyme sounds like a really nice addition. Mmmm.

  • Nicole

    Blackberry margaritas are my new favorite. I first made them on Cinco de Mayo, and fell in love. I made a huge pitcher for a Memorial Day party, and everyone raved. I added some triple berry flavored seltzer water, to stretch the drinks a little farther, and the fizz does add something. The thyme in these does sounds a bit strange, but I will take your word for it and give it a try next time. Looking forward to your other margarita recipes. I made mango infused tequila, which made for some really good drinks last weekend!

  • Sparkling water is so simple, yet adds so much to any drink! I love the addition of it in a margarita. And the blackberry thyme seems so interesting! I can’t wait to give these a taste.

  • I knew you would like them! I will have to just live vicariously through you as you experiment with new drinks all summer….

  • Think this would be good with basil?

  • These are really beautiful!

  • Annie

    Probably! The only way to know is to try it and see :)

  • Different types of cocktails all summer long? What a great goal! I might have to join in by trying everything you make, because this one sounds yummy.

  • Interesting……very cool combination. I need to try to make some cocktails this summer as well :-) Maybe I will start soon, just so much on my baking/cooking to do list……

  • I have lemon thyme growing in my garden. That might make a nice variation.

  • What a pretty drink. Can a drink be pretty? Anyway it looks delicious. I am trying these this weekend.

  • That looks so amazing! I have to try these!

  • This looks so refreshing and delicious! I’ve never seen a blackberry margarita either. Yum!

  • Beautiful! I just got a ton of blueberries and am looking to make something similar with them…

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  • nicole

    didn’t get to finish my post… we didn’t have all the ingredients and fudged it a bit, but man oh man, are they refreshing! my new goal this summer is more variety of scrumptious cocktails. :-)

  • Monica

    Sounds wonderful! One of the local restaurants here does this but with mint. So good. Just thought you might like the variation.

  • Alice

    I can’t wait to try this! Last summer we made Jaden’s Vodka Thyme Lemonade several times and it was so refreshing. And a bit dangerous, too :)

  • Ohhh, Makes me tipsy looking at them!!! yum

  • Leila

    I love your website! How do you have time to cook and run a blog during residency? It’s impressive! I can’t wait to try this recipe!

  • Uhm, pretty sure I need these… right now.

  • Sugar Doctor

    I picked up some fresh blackberries at our community’s weekly farmers market yesterday and this was the first thing I wanted to try. The thyme is very subtle so don’t be afraid to add it. Also, you may want to start with 1/8 cup of simple syrup and add the rest to taste. Mine turned out a bit too sweet. Thanks for such a great post!

  • Elizabeth

    These look amazing. I’m taking my first step of my boards tomorrow and this might just be the perfect celebratory drink!

  • Margaret

    I made these last night and they were fabulous.

  • Susan Giangrande

    I like Sarah’s painting called Tiered Cake the best! I enjoy your blog very much. You’ve helped me to come a weekday cook, not just a weekend one!

  • Oh my goodness!! I love this! So different!

  • Stephanie Coleman

    Made these tonight for a dinner party of five. Tripled the recipe and it made a great amount with some extras! It was scrumptious! I will definitely be making these again!

  • nice idea!!

  • Donna

    I’ve been wanting to make these for a month and finally did this evening. I don’t particularly like the taste of alcohol so I cut the tequila down to 1/4 cup and doubled the seltzer. Yum, loved them and can’t wait to make them again. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Ashley

    Made these last night with boysenberries, and increased the simple syrup just slightly since they were more tart. Just realized I forgot the sparkling water, but they were delicious anyways! I made the recipe for 2 and drank it all by myself. :)