This Blackberry Margarita, aka Black Widow Drink, 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 deliciously spooky Halloween cocktail like this Blackberry Margarita.
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I wasn't quite sure what to call this cocktail but, with its dark red almost black color, black widow drink 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.
What is the best tequila for a margarita?
Now you're probably wondering what the best tequila is to make this blackberry margarita? Truth to tell, most margaritas are best made with silver tequila, such as Silver Patron, Don Julio Blanco, or Herradura Silver. I've found that Jose Cuervo Especial, a less costly option, works as well.
The silver has a stronger, more straightforward agave taste, a spicy finish, and is clear, allowing you to control the drink's color. It really is the perfect complement to a margarita's tartness.
Black Margarita Salt
Putting a red or black margarita salt or sugar rim on the glass just finishes this blackberry Halloween cocktail off with style. (see recipe notes for the how-to) 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 this Black Widow drink 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 blackberry 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
Apple Cider Margarita has all the flavors of your favorite margarita but dressed up for fall.
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.
Find lots of margarita recipes here on 2CM!
Blackberry Margarita (Black Widow Drink)
- 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.
This post has been updated to help you make the best margarita. It was first published on September 27, 2020.