The Black Ruby

A spirited way to use fresh, in-season blackberries this summer. Try this as a starter cocktail before your next dinner party!
Ingredients
  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 1/8 cup blackberries
  • 5 mint leaves
  • 3/4 ounce orange liqueur
  • 2 ounces sweet and sour
  • mint sprig and lime wedge garnish
  • salted or sugared rim
Directions
  • In a measuring pitcher or glass, muddle the blackberries until most of the berries have been crushed and a small amount of juice is present.
  • Pour the mixture through a filter to strain out the pulp and seeds.
  • In a new measuring pitcher, muddle the mint and tequila until the tequila begins to turn green or you've reached your desired amount of mint flavoring.
  • To catch the mint pieces, strain the mint tequila mixture as you add it to the blackberry juice.
  • Fill a martini shaker with ice. Add the orange liqueur, homemade sweet and sour, and blackberry mint tequila combination.
  • Shake it for several seconds to mix and chill.
  • Strain into a glass packed with ice and garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and a lime wedge.
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