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This raspberry margarita is a fruity take on the classic that's perfect for berry season, and special occasions of all kinds. It's fresh raspberries blended up with tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup then served in a glass with a sweet and salty rim. It's easy to make and it's ready in just 5 minutes!
Treat your tastebuds to this tangy raspberry margarita! If you're wondering what's the secret is, it's simple: fresh raspberries. Using fresh raspberries makes a margarita with a bit of body, like it's ever so slightly creamy. The result is wonderful.
There are a lot of raspberry margarita recipes out there, some using syrups, liqueurs, and margarita mixes. We keep our recipe simple with just fresh fruit, tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup. While you don't need any fancy syrups or equipment, you will need a blender for this recipe.
We start by dipping the rim of the glass in a 1:1 mixture of sea salt and sugar to give it a sweet and salty rim. The rim is optional, but it tastes delicious and adds a special element to the drink. You also can do a simple salt-only rim if you prefer.
To make the raspberry margaritas, simply add all the ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth. Strain it, mix it with ice, then serve it garnished with more raspberries, lime slices, and mint. That's it!
You can certainly use frozen raspberries in a pinch, but we love to make this fruity cocktail in the summer when raspberries are ripe, juicy, and in-season.
It's a pretty cocktail for parties, special celebrations like Mother's Day, birthdays, wedding showers, Valentine's Day, or any occasion that calls for a fruity red-hued cocktail.
What's in a raspberry margarita?
You only need a handful of ingredients to make this fresh raspberry margarita recipe. Here's what you need:
- Raspberries – fresh, ripe raspberries give this classic cocktail its zingy berry flavor. We especially love making this recipe in the summer when raspberries are in season for maximum raspberry flavor.
- Tequila – we use a blanco tequila for this recipe (also known as silver tequila or white tequila) for its straight-foward flavor, but you can also use an aged reposado if you like more complexity.
- Lime juice – only fresh lime juice will do!
- Agave – for a bit of added sweetness. You can also use simple syrup instead.
- Raspberries, lime slices, and mint – to serve.
For the sweet and salty rim, you'll also need some sea salt and granulated sugar. It's optional, but totally delicious!
How to make a raspberry margarita
Celebrate berry season with a refreshing raspberry margarita! It's easy to make with just a couple of simple ingredients. Let's make one!
- Run a lime wedge around the rim of your glass then dip it into the sugar and salt mixture.
- Blend up the raspberries, tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup until smooth.
- Strain it into a cocktail shaker or mason jar.
- Add ice to the shaker or jar and stir until cold (no shaking required). Pour into glasses, and garnish with fresh raspberries, lime slices, and mint. Cheers!
Can I use frozen raspberries?
Yes, just be sure to thaw them first.
Can I use a different fruit instead?
Yep! Other fresh berries like strawberries or blackberries work well in this recipe. We don't recommend blueberries as they will give the cocktail a different texture and make it hard to strain.
Can I make it ahead of time?
Yes, this is a good cocktail to make ahead of time. Blend it all up then store it in your fridge until you're ready to serve. Stir it with ice, then strain it into a prepared glass and garnish.
Do I need triple sec or cointreau?
Not for this recipe! Classic margarita recipes use triple sec, but the raspberries give this cocktail lots of fruity flavor.
What's the best type of glass to use?
We use a simple rocks glass, but you can use a margarita glass if you prefer for extra flair.
How do I make a pitcher of raspberry margarita?
To make a pitcher, simply double the recipe (for 8 servings)!
When to serve a raspberry margarita
Just like the classic version, this raspberry margarita is a versatile drink you can serve anytime. It's casual enough for backyard gatherings, yet pretty enough to serve on special occasions. Its ruby-red color makes it perfect for Valentine's Day or for serving around the holidays.
Naturally, it's one of those delicious recipes we make when raspberries are in-season in the summer, but it's a bright tasty drink you can enjoy any time of year!
- 1 cup raspberries
- ½ cup tequila
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup agave syrup
- Raspberries, lime slices, and mint (to serve)
Sweet and Salty Rim
- 1 tablespoon sea salt
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Make the rim salt by mixing the sugar and salt in a wide, shallow dish. Wet the rim of a glass with a cut lime and then dip it into the rim salt.1 tablespoon sea salt, 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- Add the raspberries, tequila, lime juice, and agave syrup to a blender and blend until smooth.1 cup raspberries, ½ cup tequila, ¼ cup lime juice, ¼ cup agave syrup
- Set a fine mesh sieve over a cocktail mixer or mason jar and strain to remove the raspberry seeds.
- Add ice to the jar and stir until it's cold. Strain into glasses and garnish with raspberries, mint, and lime slices.
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