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
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.
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.