Blackberry Coconut Margarita

Okay, here it is: my favorite summer cocktail! This sweet, tart, strong, and beautifully bright pink Blackberry Coconut Margarita is colorful and fun, and just in time for Cinco de Mayo! 

To be honest, I don't usually go for flavored margaritas. I have a hard time deviating from the original. I don't really like sweet drinks, and I love lime to an absurd degree, so I always go classic: tart and strong, on the rocks, with salt.

However, these margaritas have completely changed my view on adding fruit. Muddling in a few blackberries adds a lovely tartness (and oh my gosh, that color!). Adding coconut rum makes these feel like they belong at the beach, or a summer BBQ at the very least. The combination of blackberries, coconut rum, tequila, and lime is perfection.

You may wonder about mixing tequila and rum. I actually love the combination, and use it pretty frequently in summer cocktails. I've made these so many times (hence several different generations of photos!) and we just can't get enough of them. Fruity, sweet coconut rum is a delightful complement to tequila.

Of course I use Koloa's Coconut Rum from Kaua'i because it's my all-time favorite. Dave and I spend time on Kaua'i every winter, and have brought many (many! many!) Koloa Rum cocktails to the beach. There's something about coconut rum that instantly transports me there, with thoughts of sitting on the sand, feeling the sun on my face, and hearing the waves.

If you're a rum fan, definitely check out Koloa's Instagram feed for inspiration and recipes! I'm one of their Rumbassadors and create a few cocktail recipes each month for them that you'll only find there.

Margaritas are perfect for pairing with a salty snack, and these are no exception. Tortilla chips! Plantain chips! Roasted and salted macadamia nuts! Maybe all of the above?? I'd especially recommend these margaritas alongside my Kaua'i Hummus (which has coconut milk!) and my absolute favorite Tropical Guacamole for a very island-inspired happy hour.

If you want to make a tropical meal (obviously the right choice), I'd also love these margaritas alongside this Blistered Shishito Pepper Salad and this No-Cook Rainbow Black Bean Salad, both of which are decidedly Kaua'i-inspired. And of course these Tropical Sweet Potatoes with Macadamia Dukkah too! Wow, now we're talking, this sounds epic.

Aren't these margaritas just a blast? They're really everything I love. Rum AND tequila together, some tropical flair, and a very fun, bright color. Actually, if I was a cocktail, I think I'd be this one.

These margaritas would be perfect for a Cinco de Mayo meal, a picnic at the beach, or a summer BBQ. So mix up a few of these, soak up the sun, and relax! It's margarita time.

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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Koloa Rum. However, all opinions and thoughts are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that keep The Rogue Brussel Sprout running.

Love this bright pink color?? I also use muddled blackberries in this Blackberry Limoncello Gin Smash, which is so perfect for spring and summer.

Thoughts About Ingredients
(These are all just suggestions, since rogue is more fun than recipe)
  • Small handful of fresh blackberries
  • 2 oz high quality tequila. I prefer using blanco for these so that the color of the blackberries really stands out. Reposado is delicious and complements the berries beautifully, but the color will be slightly less vibrant.
  • 1 oz coconut rum. Koloa is of course my preference! But this will work fine with whatever coconut rum you can get your hands on.
  • 3 oz fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • Optional dash of agave. I prefer a tart margarita, so I don't add it here, especially since the coconut rum has some sweetness. But you can add a dash if you prefer a sweeter drink.
  • Garnishes. A few blackberries, maybe a lime wedge.
Thoughts About Method
(These are all just suggestions, be creative and make it yours) 
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blackberries; you want them to release all their juice and that gorgeous pink color.
  2. Add the tequila, rum, lime juice, and (optional) agave to the shaker. Shake well with ice.
  3. Using a fine-mesh strainer (critical for getting out all the blackberry seeds and pulp!), pour into glasses over ice.
  4. Add whatever garnishes you like and enjoy!

VARIATION: If you want to create a color gradation like I've shown in the first and third photos, muddle the blackberries with a dash of agave and strain the blackberry syrup into the bottom of your serving glass. Add ice to the serving glass. Then add the tequila, rum, and lime juice to the cocktail shaker, shake, and strain into your serving glass. The blackberry syrup is denser and will stay toward the bottom, creating a dark pink/purple layer beneath the lighter pink margarita.


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