I love finding ingredients to make refreshing drinks for guests when they come to our home.  Here in Texas, peppers are in abundant supply.  Any drink or appetizer with a little kick seems to be a popular choice.  Here is something I have found to be a hit in our household.

Blackberry Jalapeño Margaritas.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup tequila
  • ½ cup triple sec or grand marnier
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3/4-1 cup blackberry Jalapeno Syrup (see below)
  • ice cubes
  • fresh blackberries and lime wedges for garnish
  • For the Blackberry Jalapeno Syrup, (makes 1 ½ cups)
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, minced
  • Lime wedges
  • Sugar for the rim

Instructions
1.  To make the syrup: Combine the sugar and water in a small pot and bring to a brief boil over medium heat.
2.  Transfer the syrup to a blender and add the blackberries and the jalapenos. Blend until smooth. To extract the seeds, pour through a fine mesh strainer into an airtight container or mason jar. Refrigerate for up to 1 week.
3.  To make the margaritas: Rim 4 glasses with a lime wedge and then dip them into a dish filled with sugar. Upright the glasses and fill them with ice.
4.  Fill a cocktail shaker with the tequila, triple sec, lime juice and 1 cup of the Blackberry Jalapeno syrup, plus a handful of ice. Shake vigorously and strain the margaritas into the prepared glasses.
Garnish with fresh blackberries and lime wedges and serve.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

Cooking time: 2 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4

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