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Blackberry Basil-Ginger Margarita

Sweetened with basil and ginger syrup and muddled with blackberries and fresh basil. This blackberry basil-ginger margarita is sweet and gets a spicy kick from the ginger beer. A delicious and refreshing twist to celebrate summer’s flavors.

Nothing beats a classic, fresh margarita to quench your thirst on a hot summer day unless, of course, you are in the mood to mix things up. Yep, there are countless variations of this classic cocktail. What’s your fave?

Is it spicy, sweet, frozen, or on the rocks? Well, today I’m sharing this blackberry basil-ginger margarita that just might be your new happy hour hit! I think it is a suitable toast to say adios to Summer and hello to Fall!

If you like a margarita with a fruity and spicey kick, you’re going to love this one! The basil-ginger syrup is not only the sweetener in this recipe but also adds a whole lot more flavor! A little ginger beer to float on top and…BAM

You have yourself a bubbly, sweet, fruity, and spicy margarita! And hey-If you are not a fan of chunks of fruit and herbs in your drinks, simply strain them out.

Times a wastin…so let’s get mixin!

Ingredient Notes And Substitutions

Ingredients for the blackberry basil-ginger margarita

Blackberries ~ Try to buy the plumpest and blackest, as these will be the sweetest and juiciest.,

Basil ~ for the simple syrup and the margarita. Fresh basil leaves pair excellent with ginger; if you prefer another herb, thyme or rosemary could be substituted.

Ginger ~ adds a spicy kick! I use it to make the basil-ginger syrup. If you are not a ginger fan, leave it out, but I suggest you try it- it’s incredibly delicious.

Tequila ~ Whichever brand you like! But you’ll want to use a good quality tequila.

Cointreau ~ a standard ingredient for this classic cocktail; however, triple sec can be used

Lemon ~ I decided to use lemon instead of lime but feel free to use whatever you like

How To Make A Blackberry Basil-Ginger Margarita

  1. Add the blackberries and basil to a cocktail shaker or glass jar. Muddle, breaking down the fruit and basil, releasing the juices and flavors.
  2. Add the tequila Cointreau, lemon juice, and simple syrup, and stir.
  3. Pour (or strain) into a glass with ice and top with a splash of ginger beer. Garnish with additional blackberries and basil.
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Blackberry Basil-Ginger Margarita


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  • Author: Teri Wallingford
  • Total Time: 5 minutes ( does not include time to make basil ginger syrup)
  • Yield: 1 1x

Description

Sweetened with basil and ginger syrup and muddled with blackberries and fresh basil. This blackberry basil-ginger margarita is sweet and gets a spicy kick from the ginger beer. A delicious and refreshing twist to celebrate summer’s flavors.


Ingredients

Units Scale

Basil-ginger simple syrup

  • 4 fresh basil leaves roughly torn
  • 2-inch piece of fresh ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1 cup EACH sugar and water

Blackberry basil-ginger cocktail

  • 3 blackberries, washed
  • 23 basil leaves, washed and torn
  • 2 ounces good quality tequila
  • 1/2 ounce of Cointreau
  • 1 teaspoon basil-ginger syrup
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Ginger beer to float on top
  • Extra blackberries and basil for garnish


Instructions

Basil-ginger syrup *See Notes Below For Make Ahead.

  1. Add the basil, ginger, sugar, and water to a small saucepan. Turn the heat on low, and let the mixture come to a simmer. Once the sugar is completely dissolved, remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Once cooled, store in a jar with a tight-fitting lid and keep in the fridge until ready to use.

 

Blackberry basil-ginger cocktail

  1. Add the blackberries and basil to a cocktail shaker or glass jar. Muddle, breaking down the fruit and basil, releasing the juices and flavors.
  2. Add the tequila Cointreau, lemon juice, and simple syrup, and stir.
  3. Pour (or strain) into a glass with ice and top with a splash of ginger beer. Garnish with additional blackberries and basil.

Notes

*The simple syrup can be made in advance, and will keep in fridge for up to one month. If the mixture become cloudy-time to throw it out as it is most likely starting to grow mold.

  • Category: Drinks/Cocktail
  • Method: Mixed
  • Cuisine: American

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