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fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe
fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe

I’m all about the margaritas this summer.  (Duh).  These magical little blueberry cilantro margaritas are inspired by my first brush with learning craft cocktails.  In a restaurant I worked for back in Kansas City, there were probably ten craft cocktails on the menu, and most of them were very labor intensive.  But the blueberry cilantro margaritas were a breeze, and that’s probably why I loved them so much. 🙂 

fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe

I say they’re easy because there is no garnish, no straining, no extra steps.  You literally muddle blueberries and cilantro in a glass, toss in all of the liquid ingredients, shake it like you mean it, then pour everything directly into a fancy old fashioned glass.  Ta da!  Your job is done.

fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe

So, yeah.  Beautiful! Easy!  And DELICIOUS.  This recipe is perfect for adding a gorgeous twist to your usual margaritas.  Using fresh blueberries makes these drinks pop with vibrant, luscious color.  The cilantro adds an unexpected earthy quality, but it makes so much sense with the blueberries.  Who knew?

fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe

Blueberry cilantro margaritas are a perfect start to date night at home.  OR, you wanna get crazy?  Have your friends over for brunch, offer the usual mimosas, and offer these as the post-brunch cocktail.  I’m going to be honest, brunch is literally just an excuse to booze on a Sunday morning when you need greasy food and a few mimosas to put you right back into coma-mode.  Right?  These would be an unexpected (read: awesome) twist on the usual brunch cocktail expectations.

fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe

Get some fresh blueberries while you still can.  Since they’re packed with antioxidants, and tequila is the only booze that is actually not a downer, this drink is a super win!  I learned that little tidbit about tequila from a recent wine dinner I attended.  Steve Reynolds, who is a winemaker in Napa, started his own tequila line.  Holy shit.  He gave Mark and I a bottle, and we are treasuring that thing forever.  It’s insanely delicious, and has a serious vanilla note.  Weird, right?  Anyway, he told me that tequila, coming from the blue agave plant, actually acts as a type of “upper”, rather than bringing you down like other alcohols.  Pretty cool, if you ask me.  I always feel differently when I drink tequila, so it makes sense.

fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe

Anyway!  Get these blueberry cilantro margaritas in your life.  NOW.  They’re easy, I promise.  And they’re gorgeous!  Remember, you’ll get the fun + fruity notes from the blueberries, and the deeper earthiness from the cilantro.  It’s such an interesting combination of flavors, and a really great way to start diving into a world of creative flavors. 

fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe

Cheers to you, you badass cocktail maker!

fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus juice, and honey simple syrup give a killer twist to the class margarita. blueberry cilantro margaritas are easy, gorgeous, and delicious! blueberry cilantro margaritas | a flavor journal small batch cocktail recipe
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blueberry cilantro margaritas

Fresh blueberries, cilantro, citrus, and honey simple syrup bring your margarita game to the next level.  Blueberry cilantro margaritas are an awesome twist on an old favorite, and they're perfect for date night or your next brunch at home.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: blueberry, blueberry cilantro margaritas, cilantro, craft cocktails, drinks, fruit margaritas, margarita, margaritas
Servings: 1 margarita
Calories: 153kcal
Author: sara a.

Ingredients

for small batch honey simple syrup :

  • 1/2 cup raw, local honey
  • 1/2 cup water

for each margarita :

  • 10 blueberries (small handful)
  • 5 cilantro leaves (very small bunch)
  • 1/2 ounce honey simple syrup or agave
  • 1 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh orange juice fresh. fresh. fresh.
  • 1 1/2 ounces tequila blanco (silver)

Instructions

for honey simple syrup :

  • Combine honey and water into a small sauce pan over medium heat.  Heat through, stirring occasionally, until the two blend harmoniously, about 5-7 minutes.  Remove from heat, let cool at least 20 minutes.
  • Keep in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

for each margarita :

  • Muddle blueberries and cilantro at the bottom of a cocktail shaker.  Add honey simple syrup, lime and orange juices, and tequila.  Fill the shaker with ice.
  • Cap the shaker and shake it like you mean it for at least fifteen seconds.  As the ice breaks, it will continue to break down the blueberries and release the flavors of the cilantro.
  • Once the shaker is too cold for you to handle, remove the lid and pour the contents directly into an old-fashioned glass.
  • Cheers!

Notes

You can substitute simple syrup for honey simple syrup.  Same process, just use sugar instead of honey.
OR you can just use agave instead of either. 🙂 

Nutrition

Calories: 153kcal
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