Friday, June 10, 2011
The hubs is back with his cocktail Friday post to end our week! This drink was UH-MAZING. If you are a margarita fan like myself, you will LOVE. THIS.
Happy Friday, Happy Friday! Summertime and blackberries take me back to days gone by and provide me with some great childhood memories. I’m reminded of a time that meant the end of another school year and a few months of endless play time.
On occasion, my family would travel to Georgia to visit family and friends. As a young boy, Georgia held one of the greatest places on Earth; Big Mama’s house. I’m not talking about that stupid Martin Lawrence movie. I’m talking about my great grandma’s place; a little farm in Camilla, Georgia with everything a little boy could dream of.
In my mind, Big Mama’s house had it all; old farm equipment, animals and the most celebrated of treasures, a well stocked catfish pond. We would spend our day catching dinner while dad spent his time baiting hooks, dodging catfish barbs, and watching out for snakes.
Around the farm and along the path to the catfish pond was an abundance of blackberry bushes. We would eat our fill all day as we fished and soaked in the sun and the good times. At the end of the day, we would return with a stringer full of fish and a bucket full of berries and a fish fry with all the fixin’s would commence. Those were the good ol’ days.
I love the taste of blackberries. They’re both sweet and tart and burst with flavor and freshness (plus I love how they stain your tongue and teeth if you eat enough of them). I thought these flavors would play perfectly in a margarita and boy, I was right. This drink is summertime in a cup. It is pretty at look at and absolutely delicious. Do yourself a favor and make this drink happen; mix these up for you and your friends and enjoy summertime of today and days of old.
Source: The Hubs
For the Blackberry Syrup:
1 cup blackberries (fresh preferred but frozen (thawed) will work)
¾ cup simple syrup
For the Blackberry Margarita:
2 ½ oz tequila
2 oz blackberry syrup
1 oz triple sec
1 oz lime juice
½ oz simple syrup
For the Blackberry Syrup:
Combine blackberries and simple syrup in a blender or small food processor and puree until smooth. Pour into a fine mesh strainer over a container and push through the strainer using a spatula to separate the seeds and skins from the syrup. Store the syrup in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well. Fill glass with ice and pour in cocktail. Garnish with blackberries.