Blackberry Jalapeño Margarita's

It magically hit 80 degrees in Portland today folks! Did we think the day would ever come?! It feels like we've been  perpetually stuck in winter like the "Long Night" and we've all been wandering around Portland like White Walkers. Game of Thrones anyone? I can't wait until the next season premieres on July 16th!
Any who, winter has been dreadfully long and I'm ecstatic that the sun has decided to peek it's sleepy little head out of the clouds. 

On days like today the streets are buzzing, everyone is in a great mood, and there's most certainly libations being had. This glorious weather could not be arriving at a more perfect time, because it's CINCO DE MAYO TOMORROW!! It's only one of my favorite days of the year!

Friday + the whole weekend ahead of us + copious amounts of guacamole + tequila = pure ecstasy :) 

Many people get the heebie-jeebies at just the thought of bad tequila nights. For me, there's never a bad time for tequila! And I can guarantee that a well made margarita will completely erase any hangover memories that you may have.

These Blackberry Jalapeño Margaritas are unreal guys and gals. Sweet blackberry and spicy jalapeños combine harmoniously with simple syrup to create the base of this festive cocktail. I used Altos Plata Tequila and Cointreau which are two of my absolute faves. You can always switch out blackberries with strawberries, mango, or pineapple - Anything would be delicious!

Thomas was working when I tested this recipe... so let's just say I was happily having a fiesta all by myself ;) 

Adios Amigos!


Blackberry Jalapeño Margaritas

Ingredients
- ¾ cup tequila
- ½ cup cointreau or triple sec
- ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1 cup blackberry/Jalapeño syrup - Add more or less depending on how sweet you like yours!  (see recipebelow)
- fresh blackberries and lime wedges for garnish

Blackberry Jalapeno Syrup, makes 1 ½ cups
- 1 cup Sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
- 1 large jalapeno with the seeds
- lime wedges
- Flaky salt for the rim

What to do
1) To make the syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small pot and bring to a brief boil over medium heat.
2) Transfer the syrup to a blender and add the blackberries and the jalapeno. Blend until smooth. Pour through a fine mesh strainer into an airtight container or mason jar. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.
3) To make the margaritas: Rim 4 glasses ( or two large mason jars in my case)  with a lime wedge and then dip them into a dish filled with flaky salt. Upright the glasses and fill them with big ice cubes.
4) Fill a cocktail shaker with the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and 1 cup of the Blackberry Jalapeno syrup, plus a handful of ice. Shake vigorously and strain the margaritas into the prepared glasses.
5) Garnish with fresh blackberries and lime wedges.