Easy Blueberry Margarita
How’d that Judy Garland song go? “Somewhere over the rainbow, margs are blue, and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true.” Spring your way into a technicolor happy hour with this delightfully refreshing and simply irresistible recipe for my Easy Blueberry Margaritas! Made in just 5 minutes with 5 ingredients, this gorgeous cocktail is about to revolutionize your 5 o’clock.
About This Recipe
If you’ve been following the blog for a while now, you know I’m a BIG fan of hosting happy hour; after all, there’s no place like home. The newest addition to my cocktail lineup might just be one of my best yet! Juicy blueberries meet tangy lime juice, sweet orange liqueur, and the kiss of tequila for a margarita you won’t soon forget.
While I’m a sucker for any kind of fruit in my cocktails — remember my Peach Kentucky Mule or my Watermelon Mexican Mule?? — this Blueberry Margarita is extremely delicious. It is absolutely bursting with fresh berry flavor and has me yearning for hot summer nights under the stars.
Best of all, you don’t need anything crazy to concoct this crafted cocktail. Aside from the regular margarita suspects (tequila, agave, lime, and Cointreau), all you need are blueberries! So if you’re ready to try a marg of a different color, this party is just getting started.
Ingredients & Substitutions
You don’t need much to make these blueberry margaritas a reality. Here are a few notes to keep in mind:
- Fresh Blueberries – You can’t have a blueberry margarita without the namesake berries! I prefer using fresh when they are in season. Feel free to swap in frozen berries in the cooler months.
- Fresh Lime Juice – Jarred or bottled citrus can’t hold a candle to the fresh stuff. To get the most out of your fruit, be sure to zest it first (for the salted rim), then give it a firm roll on the countertop for 10-15 seconds before cutting it in half.
- Tequila – Either blanco or reposado tequila will work well in this cocktail, so use whichever you have on hand. Blanco will have lighter note of citrus, whereas reposado will bring more of a vanilla and oak flavor. No matter which kind of tequila you opt for, remember the cardinal rule: only reach for brands that boast 100% agave.
- Agave Nectar – Since tequila is made of agave, it seems only fitting to carry on with the theme. If you are out, feel free to swap in your favorite liquid sweetener like maple syrup, simple syrup, or honey instead.
- Orange Liqueur – Since there are so few ingredients in this homemade cocktail (and you’re saving big bucks by drinking at home instead of your local bar), I suggest splurging on high quality brands like Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
- Kosher Salt & Lime Zest – Adding a bit of zest to your rim salt adds a pucker-worthy layer of flavor that I can’t get enough of.
- Ice – While it might seem strange to list ice as an ingredient here, it does play a central role. Make sure to use ice made from filtered water to ensure the best, brightest flavors possible.
Much like the ingredient list for these blueberry margaritas, there’s not much by way of equipment that you need either. Here’s what you should gather:
- Muddler – Essentially a bartender’s pestle, this little tool is meant for smooshing and smashing all the goodness out of fruits and herbs.
- Shaker – After muddling your fruit, be sure to shake your blueberry margaritas like the dickens! Not only does this serve to chill the cocktails, but also acts to aerate them with tiny little splinters of ice.
- Cocktail Glasses – Happy hour at home feels much more special when you have a pretty vessel to drink out of. I happen to like hammered drinking glasses and stemless wine glasses for these magenta beauties.
How To Make Blueberry Margaritas
Rub the rim of two glasses with a lime wedge. Swirl the rims through a small pile of kosher or sea salt and lime zest. Add ice cubes to the glasses.
In a cocktail shaker muddle the blueberries and lime juice until the blueberries are pulverized. Add the tequila, agave nectar, orange liqueur, and a handful of ice to the shaker.
Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, and then strain into the prepared glasses.
Garnish with fresh blueberries and enjoy. Salud!
Frequently Asked Questions
When it comes to tequila, you have lots of different options at just about any price point. Whether you choose to use tequila blanco, reposado, or even smoky mezcal, make sure you opt to use a brand that promises 100% pure agave. Anything else will not only taste sub-par, it’ll also give you a heck of a hangover.
You are welcome to batch the tequila, agave, and orange liqueur ahead of time if you’re throwing a party, but you’ll want to muddle and shake the cocktails to order for the best flavor.
Sure! I’d recommend letting them sit out at room temp for 5-10 minutes before using them to make the muddling process a little easier.
More Margarita Recipes
Still looking for more margarita inspiration? Check out my post The Top 30+ Best Margaritas Recipes for a complete guide to all the boozy yumminess your heart can handle!
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- 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- 2 ounces fresh lime juice
- 4 ounces tequila (blanco or reposado)
- 1 1/2 ounces agave nectar
- 2 ounces orange liqueur
- Kosher salt and lime zest for rimming the glass
- Rub the rim of two glasses with a lime wedge. Swirl the rims through a small pile of kosher or sea salt and lime zest. Add ice cubes to the glasses.
- In a cocktail shaker muddle the blueberries and lime juice until the blueberries are pulverized. Add the tequila, agave nectar, orange liqueur, and a handful of ice to the shaker.
- Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, and then strain into the prepared glasses.
- Garnish with fresh blueberries.
- When it comes to tequila, you have lots of different options at just about any price point. Whether you choose to use tequila blanco, reposado, or even smoky mezcal, make sure you opt to use a brand that promises 100% pure agave. Anything else will not only taste sub-par, it’ll also give you a heck of a hangover.
- Feel free to swap in frozen blueberries if needed. Give them 5-10 minutes to defrost at room temperature to make muddling a little easier.
Photography by Jenna Sparks