Monday, May 3, 2010

Blackberry Thyme Margaritas

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? 

Blackberry-Thyme Margaritas
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
Place 16 of the blackberries in a food processor with the thyme leaves.  Pulse 30 seconds.  Push the blackberry puree through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl to remove seeds, pressing on solids to extract as much liquid as possible.  

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


Erin said...

Margaritas are my favorite drink by far, but I haven't tried much in the way of variations. This is a must try for sure!

Stina said...

wow, now i so wish i had blackberries in the house...

Susi's Kochen und Backen said...

I love margaritas! Nothing better on a hot day to drink and yours are simply beautiful. The color is amazing!

Rebecca said...

Mmmm... I'm loving this combination! I'll have to try this out the next time I have blackberries in my fridge!

Shelby said...

That is the one thing that I will miss about living in the country--blackberries. Oh so yummy. Amazing. :) Sad that we had an abundance of blackberry bushes on our property, but oh so good, our dogs would go out there and pick them off the vine. :)

Cookin' Canuck said...

This is beautiful! I will definitely be making this as the weather heats up.

Kathleen said...

This sounds like an amazing margarita!!!

emma said...

I just made kiwifruit mint margaritas which we had on a warm spring afternoon with blue cheese and chorizo quesadillas. As far as I'm concerned margaritas are meant for daylight and should only be drunk before the sun goes down! Unfortunately I then took a nap and I think I'm too hungover to cook dinner......

Anonymous said...

Just made these tonight! They are as delicious as they are beautiful.

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