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Blackberry Margarita Smash

Looking for a Halloween margarita recipe? This unique blackberry margarita smash is made with smoky mezcal mixed with sweet blackberries, tart pomegranate juice and a subtle hint of earthy sage. These dark and moody cocktails are perfect for spooky season. Garnish with fresh sage before serving.

Blackberry margaritas in glasses rimmed with sugar and garnished with sage.

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What I love about Halloween margarita

Every Halloween I get super excited about making cocktails for various festivities, like pumpkin carving night and our annual post-trick-or-treat spooky movie watching tradition (it’s the only night of the year I’ll even consider a scary movie).

These have a great spooky vibe, especially when served in a pumpkin shaped glass. I got these in the dollar section at Target, but I also found these glasses that are super similar.

No matter how you serve them, the smoky mezcal and earthy sage make the cocktail better than your average margarita.

Overhead shot of blackberry margaritas in glasses rimmed with sugar and garnished with sage on a black halloween themed tray.

Here’s what you’ll need to make it

How to make a blackberry margarita smash

Rim the glasses. Swipe the glass with a lime wedge or coat the rim in some agave nectar. Dip the glass in raw or turbinado sugar to coat. Cinnamon sugar would also work really well here. Then, fill the glass about 3/4 full with ice.

Smash the blackberries. Muddle the blackberries and sage with agave nectar and lime juice until the blackberries are smashed and the liquid has changed colors.

Shake the cocktail. Fill the cocktail shaker with ice and add the rest of your margarita ingredients. Cover and shake until the drink is nice and cold.

Strain and serve. Grab your prepared glass and strain the margarita into it. Before serving, garnish with a sprig of fresh sage and some extra blackberries if you have them.

FAQs and tips for making blackberry margarita

What goes well with mezcal?

Mezcal works great with sour flavors, which makes it great for a margarita! It’s all about balance, and the tart berries and pomegranate juice (rather than citrus) mixed sweet agave nectar in this recipe provide juice that.

What is a smash cocktail?

A smash cocktail is any drink that contains smashed fruit, sugar or simple syrup and alcohol, served with ice.

Can I use tequila instead of Mezcal?

Yes, you may lose a bit of the smokey flavor that Mezcal is known for but you will still end up with a great cocktail.

Do I have to use sage in this recipe?

No. If you don’t have sage, another herb will work in its place. I would recommend something like rosemary or thyme, but mint or basil would also work.

Blackberry margaritas in glasses rimmed with sugar and garnished with sage.

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Blackberry Margarita Smash

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Mezcal
  • Method: Shaking
  • Cuisine: American/Mexican

Description

This unique blackberry margarita smash is made with smoky mezcal mixed with sweet blackberries, tart pomegranate juice and a subtle hint of earthy sage. These dark and moody cocktails are perfect for spooky season. Garnish with fresh sage before serving.


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 810 fresh blackberries
  • 23 fresh sage leaves, torn
  • 1 ounce agave nectar
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 1 ounce pomegranate juice
  • 2 ounces mezcal
  • Ice
  • For garnish: raw sugar, fresh sage sprig

Instructions

  1. Rim glass with raw sugar and fill 3/4 with ice.
  2. Combine blackberries, sage leaves, agave nectar and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle until blackberries are smashed.
  3. Add ice and remaining ingredients to the cocktail and shake until very cold.
  4. Strain into glass and garnish with fresh sage before serving.

Keywords: mezcal margarita, smash cocktail, blackberry margarita, Halloween margarita, Halloween cocktail, blackberry cocktail

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