Blueberry Pitcher Margaritas

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

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

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:

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.

Margarita recipe with Blueberries infuse the tequila

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.

Margarita with Blueberries strain the solids

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.

Margarita Recipe with Blueberries serve

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Comments

  • Rivka

    Wow!! Elise great margarita recipe! Made a pitcher for friends to watch the Warriors game. Used 3.5 cups of tequila which was plenty of alcohol. We were feeling pretty good and it wasn’t just the game! Wondering if it would work with strawberries?

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    • Elise Bauer

      Hi Rivka, I’m so glad you like it! It’s Garrett’s recipe so I don’t take any credit for it. But I had a lot of fun making it with him!

    • Garrett McCord

      Rivka, you absolutely could! We’ve also used pitted cherries!

  • Garrett McCord

    A special note after hearing back from a reader who made the recipe. They saved the crushed blueberries after draining them and added them to blueberry muffins along with the zest they saved from the limes used for the lime juice in this recipe. A novel solution for reducing food waste and making another great meal!

  • Sarah

    How far in advance can this be made?

    • Garrett McCord

      I’d say a few hours. When exposed to oxygen for a prolonged time citrus juice will start to turn bitter, so don’t do it the day ahead.

      • Sarah

        Thank you so much for the reply! I ended up making it yesterday, and it was a huge hit!

  • Julie

    Looks divine! I must make these. And for those who came up with the dill-passionfruit one? No! Just, no. If it’s vodka instead of tequila, it’s not a margarita. Just come up with a new name, for crying out loud!