This Black Widow Margarita, aka Blackberry Margarita, is a dark colored drink that's the perfect sipper for a creepy Halloween. Flavored with Chambord and muddled blackberries, it has all the wonderfully tart flavors of a standard margarita with a berry twist. Go ahead, grab one, I dare ya!
I can't believe Halloween is just around the corner! My new neighbors in Georgia are getting decked out already. Purple lights, vampire Mickey Mouse, colorfully designed pumpkins and scarecrows adorn their front lawns. So, I'm thinking, a party might be just the thing we all need for some fun relief. And what 's a Halloween party without a dark but delicious cocktail like this Blackberry Margarita.
I wasn't quite sure what to call this cocktail but, with its dark red almost black color, black widow margarita seemed appropriate. It can be an elegant drink with a simple garnish of lime and blackberry or a little more ghoulish with a big black spider adorning the glass. The drink itself has that wonderful tart edge you expect from a margarita and a smooth blackberry flavor enhanced by Chambord. It has a touch of sweetness from the fresh blackberries and Grand Marnier but can be sweetened up more with agave or simple syrup.
Putting a black or red salt or sugar, if you like it sweeter, rim on the glass just finishes it off with style. Of course, maybe a few chips of dry ice in the glass and a little fog action would up the drink to spectacular!
How to make a blackberry margarita
Gather ingredients - blackberries, tequila, Chambord, pomegranate and lime juice.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries. (photo 1)
- Pour in tequila. (photo 2)
- Followed by Chambord. (photo 3)
- Add more lovely dark color with either pomegranate juice or cranberry juice. (photo 4)
- A touch of the standard lime juice. (photo 5)
- And a little sweetness to smooth the drink out with some Grand Marnier. If you are not using Grand Marnier, you might want to add a touch of agave or simple syrup to take away some of the tartness.(photo 6)
- Shake with ice then pour through strainer into prepared glasses filled with ice.
I like to garnish mine with a lime wedge, a fresh blackberry and, sticking with the seasonal theme, a hairy spider! Even better, if you can find some dry ice to add to the glass for an eerie foggy effect. Can you say spooky! These Black Widow margaritas are great to make for two but even better to make for a crowd. They're perfect for a themed party and they were a big hit when I made them for my son-in-law's birthday which falls on Halloween. Enjoy!
More margarita recipes
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White Christmas Margarita is decked out for Christmas using white cranberry juice and a touch of coconut to the mix.
Spicy Sparkling Citrus Margarita will warm you up with the heat from jalapeno slices mixed with tart lime juice, sweet orange juice and loads of bubbles.
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Black Widow Margarita aka Blackberry Margarita
- 6 blackberries fresh or frozen (thawed)
- 3 oz tequila
- 1 ½ oz Chambord
- 3 oz pomegranate juice or cranberry juice
- ¾ oz lime juice
- ½ oz Grand Marnier optional
- Garnish: lime wedge blackberries, colored salt or sugar rim
- Prepare glass by rubbing rim with lime wedge then dipping into salt or sugar that has been spread on a plate. To color salt or sugar see notes.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries.
- Pour in tequila, Chambord, pomegranate juice, lime juice and Grand Marnier.
- Shake with ice.
- Pour through strainer into prepared glasses filled with ice.
- Garnish with lime wedge, fresh blackberry and a spider.