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