Let's bring an extra summery twist to everyone's favorite cocktail with this fresh blueberry margarita! Made with muddled ripe blueberries and just the right kick of tequila, this fruity margarita shows off loads of berry flavor in each refreshing sip. You can whip it up in just a few minutes, or you could even make a big batch ahead of time for the perfect party cocktail. It's the perfect for fruity cocktail for celebrating blueberry season.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
Whether you're hosting a big summer party or a low-key evening with a small group of friends, this blueberry margarita is sure to add a festive touch to any gathering.
Always a crowd-pleaser. Seriously, do you know anyone who doesn't appreciate a good margarita? And then you add fresh blueberries to the mixture? Everyone will go wild for this, and it will keep everyone refreshed all summer long.
Makes the most of berry season. I'm a big believer in enjoying seasonal ingredients for making the best-tasting recipes, especially when it comes to cocktails. Ripe seasonal fruit is an easy way to elevate any mixed drink.
Easy as can be. If you're new to home bartending, do not be intimidated by this drink. Making this fruity margarita doesn't require any advanced bartending skills.
Takes hardly any time. Busy hosting? No worries. This blueberry margarita comes together in less than five minutes, so you can spend more time enjoying company and less time playing bartender, especially if you make a big batch ahead of time.
Turns heads. A cocktail should taste good, but isn't part of the fun the presentation? The fresh blueberries give this margarita the most stunning color that's sure to impress. It would also make a lovely signature cocktail with that pretty hue!
Let's chat ingredients. I have a few standard recommendations to make your best-ever margarita.
Tequila: First, I highly recommend a reposado tequila rather than a blanco tequila, also known as silver tequila. Reposado tequila ages between two months to a year in oak barrels, which imparts a more complex, nuanced flavor with slightly fruity notes of vanilla and spice. The finish is smoother, and I firmly believe reposado tequila makes a better margarita. As someone who has had her share of margaritas, trust me on this.
Simple syrup: I also use just a touch of simple syrup to sweeten this blueberry margarita. We don't need much since the blueberries act as a natural sweetener.
Lime juice: Make sure you use fresh lime juice rather than bottled. You just can't beat the flavor of freshly squeezed lime juice.
That said, if you'd prefer to use agave nectar, you're more than welcome to substitute the simple syrup. Or if you prefer a more tart, less sweet margarita, you may find the sweetener is unnecessary. This comes down to personal preference.
Step 1: We begin by tossing our blueberries and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker (photo 1) and muddling until the blueberries are well-mashed like so (photo 2).
Step 2: Now we add in our tequila, orange liqueur, fresh lime juice and a handful of ice cubes (photo 3). We pop on the top and give it a vigorous shake (photo 4).
Step 3: For an optional salted rim, we run a lime slice along our serving glass and then swirl the rim of the glass on a small plate covered with sea salt (photo 5). While optional, this always adds a fun touch.
Step 4: Now we strain our fresh blueberry margarita into our garnished glasses and sip the night away. Bonus points for garnishing with a lime wedge and fresh berries.
Although fresh blueberries are generally available all year, you are more than welcome to use frozen blueberries if that’s what you have on hand. Just make sure to thaw them first to get the most blueberry flavor when muddling.
You sure can. I included proportions for a 12-serving pitcher of blueberry margaritas in the notes section of the recipe card.
However, if you'd like to customize the servings, it's a simple formula. Cocktails are measured in ounces rather than cups, but I realize cup measurements are easier for recipe batching. In that case, simply multiply the number of servings by ounces, and then divide that number by eight, which will give you the cups measurement.
You can absolutely make nonalcoholic blueberry margaritas. Replace the tequila with a sparkling water and the orange liqueur with a splash of orange juice. Just like that, you have the perfect margarita mocktail.
We bring equal parts water and sugar to a boil, giving it a stir every so often to dissolve the sugar. And that's it! Simple, huh?
While you can buy simple syrup, I highly recommend making your own. It's quick, easy and lasts for weeks. Plus, you won't find any weird ingredients.
Use different fruit. You can follow the same recipe proportions and instructions to put your own spin on a classic margarita.
Make a frozen blueberry margarita. Blend with half a cup of crushed ice and frozen blueberries and you have yourself a refreshing frozen margarita.
Play with different sweeteners. You can use an infused simple syrup, like my ginger simple syrup, or try real maple syrup to add some richness.
Add some spice. Muddle some fresh jalapeño slices to make a spicy margarita.
Give it a sparkling touch. Top with some club soda or ginger beer if you love a bubbly cocktail.
No muddler, no problem: If you don’t have a muddler, you can use a large wooden spoon, though I do recommend picking up a muddler if you enjoy making cocktails at home. Alternatively, you could blend the fruit to make a blueberry purée.
Maximize your lime juice: Before juicing the lime, firmly roll it on the countertop under the palm of your hand. It makes juicing a bit easier.
Get ripe limes: Pick limes that have some give to them when you press into them. We don’t want rock-hard limes because they’re dried out.
Use two hands when shaking: This is the proper shaking technique to give us enough support for a truly vigorous shake.
A festive drink calls for a festive pairing, and I have just the recipe for you -- blueberry-strawberry shortcake! The sweet berries macerate in fresh orange zest and Grand Marnier to mimic the bright citrus in our tequila. These two were made for each other.
I hope you make the most of berry season and whip up this fresh blueberry margarita. You'll love this delicious patio sipper.
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- Handheld citrus juicer
- Jigger or small measuring cup
- Cocktail shaker
- ¼ heaping cup blueberries
- ½ ounce simple syrup preferably homemade (see note)
- 2 ounces tequila preferably reposado
- 1 ounce orange liqueur preferably Grand Marnier or Cointreau
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice about 1 lime
- Lime slices for garnish, optional
- Coarse sea salt for garnish, optional
- Additional blueberries for garnish, optional
- Add blueberries and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Muddle until the blueberries are well-pulverized and juicy.
- Pour in the tequila, orange liqueur and lime juice and add a handful of ice. Put on the cocktail shaker top and shake vigorously for 15-30 seconds.
- If desired, run a lime slice along the rim of your serving glass. Pour sea salt in a small plate and swirl the rim of the serving glass in the sea salt. Add ice to serving glass.
- Replace the cocktail shaker top with a cocktail strainer and strain into the ice-filled serving glass. Enjoy!
- For a pitcher serving 12, use 3 cups blueberries, ¾ cup simple syrup, 3 cups tequila, 1 ½ cups orange liqueur and 1 ½ cups lime juice (about 12 limes). You can muddle the berries, or if you find it's easier for a big batch, you can pureé them.
- To make your own simple syrup, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil, stirring every so often to dissolve the sugar. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several weeks. You may also substitute simple syrup for agave nectar, and feel free to adjust the measurement depending on how sweet you like your margaritas.
- If you don’t have a muddler, you can use a large wooden spoon.
- Before juicing the lime, firmly roll it on the countertop under the palm of your hand. It makes juicing a bit easier.
- Pick limes that have some give to them when you press into them.
- Use two hands when shaking. This gives us enough support for a truly vigorous shake.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.