Blueberry

Blueberry Pitcher Margaritas

The classic margarita gets a bold infusion of sweet blueberries, lime and mint. Ready for a crowd, this recipe is one you’ll want to make all summer long!

Ready in:

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Infusion time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10-14 cocktails

I think we’ve all seen cocktails that get out of hand with creativity, and we’ve probably all encountered when a margarita gets a bit too crazy.

I’m thinking about margaritas made with wonky ingredients like bubblegum, fish sauce, or chocolate. I think the worst I ever saw was a dill-passionfruit flavored “margarita” where the tequila was swapped out for vodka.

Vodka! Can you imagine?!

If you’re going to riff on a classic, then the recipe should be kept simple so that the qualities that made original so spectacular still shine, but the drink can be experienced in a new way.

Take, for example, this blueberry margarita. It has all the traditional ingredients (tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice) but also the addition of blueberries and just the barest whisper of mint. The result is still distinctly a margarita, but with a bold new color and fruity flavor that compliments the tequila and lime.

  • Curious about tequila? Take a look at our comprehensive Tequila Guide!

It’s a novel cocktail to keep in mind for any impromptu hangouts you happen to host this summer—and a surefire hit with the margarita lovers in your life.

Try one of these variations!

  • Frozen Blueberry Margaritas: Feel free to use frozen blueberries in place of fresh, just be sure to thaw them first. Or don’t! Put them in frozen with four cups of ice and the mint and blend away for blueberry slushy margaritas. 
  • Blackberry Margaritas: Blackberries make for a wonderful substitution in this recipe, or use a bit of both.

More summer cocktails

  • Sparkling Strawberry Sangria
  • Mint and Lime Mojito
  • Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Mixed Berry Sangria
  • Blender Pina Colada

Buy tequila whose label indicates it has been aged for at least two months and is “100% de agave.”

Ingredients

  • 4 cups tequila blanco (also called plato or silver tequila)
  • 2 cups orange liqueur such as Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • 3 cups blueberries
  • A few sprigs of mint
  • Agave nectar or simple syrup, to sweeten if needed
  • Ice
  • Kosher or flake salt (not iodized salt) for rimming the glass (optional)
  • Extra blueberries and lime wedges for garnish (optional)

Special equipment:

  • Blender

Method

1 Infuse the tequila: Place the tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and blueberries in a blender and pulse 8 to 10 times. Allow the ingredients to infuse for at least 30 minutes.

2 Muddle the mixture: Pour the mixture into a bowl, add the mint, and muddle together (i.e., bruise up the mint) with a muddler, dowel, or a wooden spoon. Allow to infuse for about five minutes.

3 Strain the solids: Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a pitcher filled with ice. Press the solids with the back of a spoon to get all of the liquid out.

4 Taste and sweeten if needed: Give the margaritas a taste and stir in agave nectar or simple syrup to sweeten, if needed.

5 Rim the glass: If you like margaritas with salt on the glass, then take a small plate or bowl and fill it with the salt. Next, take a glass (a cocktail or coupe glass will do, but a canning jar is just as easy) and rub the rim of it with a wedge of lime. Dip the glass into the salt and give it a turn or two.

6 Serve the margaritas: Pour the margaritas into the prepared glasses. Garnish with lime wedges or blueberries skewered on a cocktail spear or toothpick.

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Blueberry Pomegranate Cosmopolitan

This Pomegranate and Blueberry Cosmopolitan is perfect for warm weather! Made with muddled blueberries and pomegranate juice, this update to the classic Cosmo has a smooth, sweet berry flavor that’s just right for summer.

Ready in:

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink

Blame Carrie Bradshaw: the Cosmopolitan is probably the best-known vodka cocktail of the last two decades.

While ordering one can feel like a throwback to the late ’90s, it turns out there’s a reason for its popularity—this is a fun, zippy little drink, equal parts tart, sweet, and bracing!

A DELICIOUS UPDATE TO THE COSMO

A traditional Cosmo is composed of vodka, lime juice, Cointreau, and cranberry juice. This blueberry and pomegranate version is smoother and juicier, but just as enjoyable!

Blueberry and pomegranate make a really lovely flavor combination. Both fruits have sweet-tart dimensions that complement each other nicely. Here, that ripe, juicy berry flavor brings a new angle to the classic Cosmo, while honoring the spirit of the original.

WHICH VODKA TO USE

I like Tito’s for this cocktail (it’s my go-to vodka), but any moderately priced vodka will do.

MUDDLE YOUR BLUEBERRIES, THEN DOUBLE STRAIN

To really make this drink extra fresh and original, muddle your blueberries first using a muddler, then double strain to keep bits of blueberry gunk from ruining the aesthetic of your drink. (If you don’t care about blueberry gunk, feel free to single strain.)

A double strain involves straining your drink through both a traditional cocktail strainer (the strainer on your shaker, or a Hawthorne strainer if you’re using a Boston shaker), and also a fine strainer. For the fine strainer, you can use one specifically designed for cocktails, but a tea strainer will also do nicely.

Bonus: This technique not only removes pulp from your drink; it also impresses your friends!

MORE FRESH AND FRUITY COCKTAILS TO TRY

  • Watermelon Pitcher Margaritas
  • Sparkling Strawberry Sangria
  • Pomegranate Paloma
  • Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Mixed Berry Sangria

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce pomegranate juice (fresh-squeezed is nice, but Pom is fine)
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice (DO use fresh squeezed for this)
  • 5 – 8 fresh blueberries (fresh is best, but thawed frozen ones will do in a pinch)

Special equipment:

  • Cocktail shaker with built-in strainer, or mixing glass and Hawthorne strainer
  • Muddler or spoon
  • Tea strainer
  • Cocktail glass

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounce pomegranate juice (fresh-squeezed is nice, but Pom is fine)
  • 3/4 ounce Cointreau
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice (DO use fresh squeezed for this)
  • 5 – 8 fresh blueberries (fresh is best, but thawed frozen ones will do in a pinch)

Special equipment:

  • Cocktail shaker with built-in strainer, or mixing glass and Hawthorne strainer
  • Muddler or spoon
  • Tea strainer
  • Cocktail glass

Method

1 Muddle the blueberries: Place the blueberries in the bottom of a shaker or mixing glass. Cover with the pomegranate juice, then muddle the blueberries with a muddler or the back of a spoon. Smoosh them enough so that the skins break and a little juice is released, but not so much that the blueberries completely fall apart.

2 Make the cocktail: Add the vodka, lime juice, and Cointreau. Fill with ice, cover, then shake for 30 to 45 seconds.

3 Double strain: If using a mixing glass, place a Hawthorne strainer on top. Then, with your other hand, hold a tea strainer over a cocktail glass. Pour the drink out of the shaker or mixing glass through the tea strainer and into a cocktail glass. Enjoy!

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