Most of the cocktails I experiment with, I make in small batches. The hubby and I (and occasionally a friend or two) serve as taste-testers, which we are more than happy to do. Blackberry-thyme margaritas are a little different, though, as they are really better when made by the pitcher.
The combination of blackberry and thyme is just right for summer, and it’s the perfect drink to sip on a midsummer evening in the company of friends.
I’ve done quite a bit of tinkering with the recipe since I first ran across it in Bon Appétit a few years ago and just had to try it. The main comments I receive on it are (1) that it’s delicious, and (2) that it’s strong… so maybe keep that in mind if you are a lightweight.
Adapted from a recipe published in Bon Appétit, July 2007
1 pint large fresh blackberries
4 small fresh thyme sprigs
7 oz 100% blue agave silver tequila
1/2 cup simple syrup
3 oz fresh lime juice
1 oz Cointreau
4 cups ice cubes, divided
1/2 cup chilled sparkling wine
Place the blackberries and thyme sprigs in medium bowl. Press firmly on the solids with a muddler until mashed. Mix in the tequila, simple syrup, lime juice, and Cointreau, and then add 2 cups of ice. Stir to blend well. Strain into a pitcher, pressing down on the solids and allowing the strainer to drain completely. Gently stir in the sparkling wine.
Divide the remaining ice between 4 glasses. Pour the margarita mixture over. Garnish each with a blackberry and a sprig of thyme.