Mixed berry margarita with jalapeño

Recipe makes 4 margaritas

Ingredients

Berry jalapeño syrup

2 cups water

1 cup sugar

1 cup mixed red berries (strawberries & raspberries)

1 cup dark berries (blackberries & blueberries)

½ – 1 jalapeño chilli thinly sliced (with seeds)

 

Cocktail (quantities to make 2 cocktails in 1 shaker)

½ cup (125ml) 100% agave reposado tequila

¼ cup (60ml) Triple Sec, Cointreau or Grand Marnier

1 cup cooled berry jalapeño syrup

½ cup (125ml) freshly squeezed lime juice

Ice to shake and serve

Lime wedges to serve

Sugar or salt to rim the glass

A few fresh blueberries to garnish

Method

  1. In a medium pot put the water, sugar and sliced chilli and bring to the boil. Cook this over a medium heat for about 10 minutes until it thickens slightly and the chilli has infused with the syrup. Remove the chilli and seeds with a slotted spoon.
  2. Add the 2 cups of tightly packed berries (fresh or frozen) to the pot and cook for about 3 – 4 minutes. Take off the heat.
  3. Using a stick blender or a food processor, blend the berries and syrup until smooth. Allow to cool.
  4. When you are ready to serve, take a wedge of lime and run it around the rim of your glass. Dip this into sugar or salt to coat the edge. Put the berry syrup, tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice and a handful of ice into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Fill glasses with ice and top with the berry margarita cocktail mix.
  5. Garnish the glass with wedges of lime, a few fresh blueberries and if you want additional heat, a few more slices of jalapeño.

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