I'm super jealous of my sister. She lives in Oregon, and always says that if you pay for blackberries in the summer, you've done something wrong. I love going to visit her for many reasons, but a plethora of blackberries is certainly up there. Here, blackberries are one of the more expensive fruits, but I love them so much, I buy them anyway.
When I was searching for a margarita recipe to make over the weekend, I came across this one. There were several "interesting" combinations, such as celery, jalapeno, and pineapple-chile. This one was certainly different, but I was intrigued. The thyme was very understated, and I think just added a nice fresh and herbal note to the drink. The blackberries gave the drink a gorgeous hue, and you can't go wrong with tequila, right?
adapted from Bon Appetit, July 2007
makes 2 drinks
- 18 blackberries
- 3 small sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1/3 cup tequila
- 1/4 cup simple syrup
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 Tablespoon orange liqueur, such as Cointreau
- 1/4 cup sparkling wine or sparkling water
Combine the blackberry puree, ice, tequila, syrup, lime, Cointreau, and sparkling wine into a blender. Puree until smooth and well combined. Divide between glasses, and garnish with additional thyme and the reserved blackberries