Spicy Blackberry Margaritas

If you know me, or if you’ve been following for a while, then you know my drink of choice is a margarita. Not the kind blended with a bunch of sour mix… a classic margarita with freshly squeezed lime juice.

So, since it is Cinco de Mayo, I’m sharing my most recent margarita obsession.

Spicy Blackberry Margarita 1

I went to my doctor a few weeks ago for a travel appointment ahead of my trip to Nepal. I showed up for my 1:20 PM appointment at 1:10 PM. I didn’t have any paperwork to fill out since I see this doctor every three months. The receptionist told me that my appointment isn’t actually until 1:40, and that they started telling everyone their appointment is 20 minutes earlier so that they get there on time. Super annoying. With 30 minutes of my day just stolen from me, I find a spot in the waiting area and pick up a tattered cooking magazine. The well worn edges sparked my curiosity so I looked for the date on the binding. It was at least 2 years old. But as I was flipping through it, an image of a lovely pinkish-purple icy drink garnished with lime caught my attention. I made a note to try to recreate it later on.

Serrano Pepper Tequila

Spicy Blackberry Margarita 3

The next weekend, we had a guest staying with us and made plans to go rock climbing at a secret little cliff. And I made plans to bring along a jar of spicy blackberry margaritas to share.

These were the perfect treat for a sunny spring day. I know I’m going to be sipping on these ALL summer long.

Here’s the recipe I concocted so you can, too!

Spicy Blackberry Margaritas

Spicy Blackberry Margarita 2


  • 1 C Tequila
  • 1/2 C Orange Liqueur
  • 1 Serrano Pepper
  • 3/4 C Blackberries
  • 4 Limes + additional for garnish
  • 1 Tbs Agave Nectar
  • Ice
  • Margarita Salt (optional)


  1. Cut serrano pepper in half lengthwise. Soak the halves in 1 cup of tequila for 1 hour.
  2. Add berries to a food processor or blender. Squeeze in juice of 4 limes and blend. Strain the liquid through a mesh strainer or cheese cloth. Discard the solids.
  3. In large jar or shaker filled with ice, add tequila, orange liqueur, blackberry and lime juice liquid, and agave nectar. Shake well for about a minute.
  4. Line the rims of four rocks glasses with lime juice and dip in the margarita salt. Fill each with ice.
  5. Strain margaritas into salt-rimmed glasses and garnish with a lime wheel.


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