The Best Blueberry Margarita
Ingredients for a Blueberry Cilantro Margarita:
To Make TWO Margaritas:
- 20 fresh blueberries
- a small handful of fresh cilantro leaves (about 10 leaves)
- 1 ounce agave syrup OR honey syrup (recipe included!)
- 2 ounces fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce fresh orange juice
- 3 ounces tequila blanco (silver tequila)
How to Make Blueberry Cilantro Margaritas:
1. Muddle blueberries and cilantro in the bottom of a large cocktail shaker.
2. Pour in tequila, lime juice, orange juice, and honey syrup (or agave syrup).
3. Fill the shaker with ice, secure the lid, and shake for 15-20 seconds (or as long as you can!)
4. Pour the margarita directly into a cocktail glass*. No straining necessary!
*If desired, run a fresh lime across the rim of the glass. Combine equal parts salt and sugar on a small plate, and run the rim of the glass through the salt and sugar.
What Tequila should I use?
Silver (blanco) or reposado tequila.
Silver tequila is not aged in barrels at all, so the taste is brighter, fresher, and really great with fresh citrust juice.
Reposado tequila is aged from 2 months – 1 year in oak. Aging a spirit (or wine) in oak allows it to take on some of the characteristics of the oak. This doesn’t necessarily make it taste “oaky”, but it mellows the tequila and gives it that light, golden color.
You may also see añejo tequila. Añejo tequila is aged in barrels for 1 – 3 years in barrels, so they are deeply golden in color and take on a lot of the flavor characteristics from the barrel. I recommend añejo tequila for sipping with a large cube of ice, but not for margaritas.
Can I use Frozen Blueberries?
Yes, you can! Let them thaw for a few minutes before using them. They key to the vibrant color in these blueberry margaritas is releasing the juice from the blueberries. The softer the blueberries are, the easier they will break apart and release the juice inside!
Again, don’t be intimidated by the extra ingredients in these margaritas. They are SO easy! 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 pretty hard, then pour everything directly into a fancy old fashioned glass. Ta da! Your job is done.
So, yeah. Beautiful! Easy! And DELICIOUS. This recipe is perfect for adding a gorgeous twist to your usual margaritas. The blueberries make 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?
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.
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. 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.
Other Delicious Margarita Recipes to Try!
- Grilled Pineapple + Jalapeno Margarita
- Spicy Serrano + Grapefruit Margarita
- Skinny Lime Margarita
- Skinny Blackberry Margarita
If you make these blueberry margaritas, I would LOVE to see them! Be sure to tag me on Instagram @aflavorjournal – or post your photo on this Pinterest link! If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to me directly for help.
Blueberry Cilantro Margaritas
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)
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.