Muddled Raspberry Margarita Recipe
Summer around the pool, at the lake, lounging in the backyard or on the boat calls for muddled margaritas.
They are so easy to make and with the basic ingredients and fresh fruit, they are so easy to customize.
Most summer weekends I’ll set up a muddled margarita bar so everyone can make their margarita dreams come true.
Raspberries (and blackberries) are perfect for muddling, pair perfectly with lime, and a Blanco tequila + add beautiful color to the finished margarita.
Totally easy breezy, you can whip up a couple of cocktails or an entire pitcher in under 10 minutes. Perfect for entertaining.
The Secret to Perfect Margaritas
Skip the Mix
The best Margaritas use fresh everything – fruit, lime + quality tequila, and good orange liqueur, like Cointreau or Grand Marnier.
Perfect Margarita Formula | 2+2+1 = perfection
2 parts tequila + 2 parts fruit juice(s)* + 1 part orange liqueur (or excellent quality triple sec)
*+ simple syrup or agave nectar to taste.
The Secret to The Perfect Muddled Margarita
#1 Use Good Tequila
For the best results use a high-quality tequila, made with 100 percent agave. High quality doesn’t need to be expensive. There are a lot of tequilas on the market today, check reviews, and ask for recommendations from the liquor store staff.
#2 Use Fresh Lime Juice
For me, there’s nothing better than a perfectly mixed margarita. And fresh lime juice is part of my must-have ingredients. Grab a bag of lime and a low priced juicer – I bought one on Amazon for under $20.
I save single-serve glass juice bottles and use those to store my fresh squeezed lime juice. It will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator. If I don’t use it all during the week, I’ll stick it in the freezer and freeze until I need it again.
#3 Use High-Quality Triple Sec
Triple Sec is an orange liqueur. And as the popularity of drinks that use Triple Sec grew, so did the number of cheap, way too sweet options. My bar is stocked with Grand Marnier, Cointreau, and something blue to make my signature mermaid + tiki drinks! In the blue department, I like Drillaud Blue Curacao (inexpensive), Giffard Blue Curacao, or Senior “The Genuine” Blue Curacao. I can work with Bols Blue Curacao if it’s all I can find. Skip the really inexpensive like Dekuyper, unless you really want sweet.
You want to look for a Triple Sec that is 78 – 80 poof. Lower alcohol usually means sweeter and lower quality.
Serious Eats has a really great article to learn more about orange liqueurs. Click to read.
# 5 Use a Wood Muddler
#6 Don’t over Muddle
Over muddling your fruits and herbs can release bitter chemicals, so muddle just enough to release the juices and oils. A couple of turns should be enough.
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Grab your glass and let’s make some muddled Margaritas!
This will make two cocktails, to make a pitcher just change the number of servings and the recipe will recalculate. Simple, right?
Muddled Raspberry Margaritas
- 4 oz Blanco tequila - or silver
- 1/4 cup fresh ripe raspberries
- 1/2 lime - cut into 4 wedges to muddle
- 2 oz fresh lime juice
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 1 oz Cointreau or Triple Sec
- 2 oz club soda
- 1 lime - cut into wedges to rimming
- 2 T coarse rimming sugar - for rimming
- additional simple syrup - to taste
To Make 2 Cocktails
- In a pint glass muddle lime with lime juice
- Add raspberries and muddle just enough to release some juice and crush the raspberries (don't pulverize them)
- Transfer to a large cocktail shaker filled with ice. Add tequila, Cointreau, simple syrup
- Shake until very cold.
- Add club soda.
- Rub the rim of the glasses with a lime wedge and dip in sugar to coat
- Serve the margaritas in the prepared glasses over ice and garnish with the lime slices.
To make a pitcher
- Change the serving to recalculate the recipe.
- To make a pitcher add all ingredients to a pitcher filled with ice and stir vigorously.
- Once cold remove ice so it doesn't dilute your cocktail before serving
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