Margaritas are a necessary summer cocktail. Nothing is more refreshing. A fresh blueberry margarita recipe with blueberries, lime and a salt rim is the perfect spin on the traditional summer cocktail. Blueberry margaritas are simple to make with just a few fresh ingredients are are a bright beautiful color.
While a skinny spicy margarita is my go to summer cocktail recipe, mixing it up is always fun and blueberries are at their peak in the summer months. Blending them with a bit of sugar making a blueberry sauce and combining with other traditional margarita ingredients gives you a light and super fresh tasting cocktail recipe.
Why you'll love this recipe
A blueberry margarita offers a fruity delicious combination of sweet-tart flavors, looks beautiful with a bright color, and is easily adaptable. It's a great choice for anyone who loves a good, fresh margarita. Here's some reasons why you'll find this recipe amazing:
- Sweeter and slightly unique flavor. Blueberries add a delightful sweetness and a hint of tartness to the classic margarita, giving it a unique and refreshing twist. The combination of blueberries with the traditional margarita ingredients creates a balanced and flavorful cocktail.
- Visually stunning. Blueberries lend their vibrant purple hue to the margarita, making it visually appealing and perfect for special occasions or gatherings. The beautiful color adds an extra element of excitement and enjoyment to your drink.
- Kind of healthy. Blueberries are known for their high antioxidant content, which may offer various health benefits, including reducing inflammation and supporting brain health. By incorporating blueberries into your margarita, you can indulge in a tasty enjoying some potential health perks.
- Totally summer vibes. Blueberry margaritas are particularly popular during the summer season. They evoke a sense of summertime relaxation and are great for outdoor parties, barbecues, or simply sipping by the pool. The fruity and cool nature of the drink complements the warm weather perfectly.
- Adaptable recipe. Blueberry margaritas can be customized to suit your preferences. You can adjust the sweetness, tanginess, and strength of the drink by altering the amount of blueberries, lime juice, or tequila you use.
A simple blueberry margarita recipe has just a couple ingredients. Here's what you need:
- Sugar. Just a little to puree with the blueberries.
- Tequila. I use Casamigos, but your preference is what you should use.
- Lime juice. The traditional tanginess of a margarita. Absolutely try to use fresh squeezed if possible.
- Cointreau or Grand Marnier. A hint of orange is traditional in a margarita cocktail, and while many recipes call for Triple Sec, I prefer Cointreau or Grand Marnier. I think th eflavor is a bit elevated, less sweet and more refined. But you can certainly use Triple sec in a pinch.
- Ice. Cause ice cold is essential for any margarita recipe.
- Salt for a salt rim. I think all margaritas should have a salt rim, and that includes a fruity ones like this blueberry margarita.
Can I use frozen blueberries instead of fresh blueberries?
Certainly! But since this isn't a frozen margarita recipe, you should thaw them first before pureeing with the sugar.
Really this couldn't be simpler. To make the blueberry sauce, just puree the blueberries and sugar with a touch of water - like a tablespoon or less. If you don't have a blender or small food processor, than just make a simple syrup with ¼ cup sugar and ¼ cup water (bring together to a boil) and smash it with the blueberries. Pro tip - this recipe specifically makes more than you will need for just one or two margaritas. Use any leftover in a blueberry lemonade ro another blueberry cocktail recipe, OR make a blueberry milkshake with it or use as a topping for a delicious blueberry ice cream sundae.
To make the margaritas just combine the blueberry sauce with the with the remaining ingredients and shake well to combine and pour into salt rimmed glasses.
I like to garnish with some whole fresh blueberries, and a lime slice.
Ingredient swaps and variations
Margarita recipes are always easy to adapt and switch up and this blueberry margarita is no exception. Here is some ideas:
- Add additional kinds of berries for a mixed berry margarita.
- Add a rim of tajin instead of salt for a little bit of a kick.
- Blend this all together with the ice and make it a frozen margarita, something everyone loves!
- Try some fun and different garnishes. Mint or basil would be great with this.
Tips for success
- Use a decent tequila. I am not saying that you should use something crazy expensive or a sipping tequila, but I would recommend using something a little better, because it does make a difference in the taste.
- Make a pitcher of this for a party. This is an easy recipe to make for a crowd. Simply go with two cups of blueberries, ¾ cups sugar and ¼ cup water for the blueberry sauce. Add that to 1 ½ cups of tequila, ¾ cup of Cointreau or Grand Marnier, and ¾ cup lime juice.
- Try your best to use fresh ingredients, especially the lime juice. Fresh lime juice is so much brighter and more flavorful.
Other refreshing cocktail recipes
A blueberry margarita isn't the only way to get your summer cocktail fix in! Here is some other great cocktail recipes for summer:
- blender, mini food processor or immersion blender
For the blueberry sauce
- 1 cup blueberries
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoon water
For the margarita
- ¼ cup blueberry sauce
- 6 tablespoon tequila blanco your brand preference
- 6 tablespoon lime juice
- 4 tablespoon Cointreau or Grand Marnier
- Fresh blueberries for garnish
- Lime slice for garnish
To make the blueberry sauce
- Puree in a blender or a small food processor (this recipe amount is not enough for a full sized processor), or an immersion blender, the blueberries, sugar and water. Keep extra in a mason jar in the fridge for other cocktails or awesome uses.
To make the margarita
- Combine all your ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously to combine all the ingredients.
To assemble a margarita
- Rub the rim of a glass with salt, add ice to the glass and pour margarita through the strain top of a cocktail shaker. Garnish with a few fresh blueberries and a lime slice.