Blackberry Margaritas

serves 8, 1/2 cup servings

1 lime cut into wedges

1 1/2 Tablespoons granulated sugar

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup water

1/2-3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 cup 100% agave blanco tequila

3/4 cup Cointreau or triple sec

3/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice

12 ounces (1 pint) fresh blackberries, plus more for garnish

Crushed ice

In a shallow dish, combine the sugar and salt.  Rub the rim of each glass with the cut edge of a lime wedge.  Dip the rim of the glass into the sugar-salt mixture; set aside.

In a microwave-safe cup, combine the water and sugar.  Microwave on high until the sugar completely dissolves, 1-2 minutes.  Stir and set aside to cool.

In a blender combine the syrup, tequila, Cointreau/triple sec, lime juice, and blackberries; process until smooth.  Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve set over a large pitcher, pressing on the solids to extract all the liquid (discard the solids).  Serve immediately over crushed ice or refrigerate for several hours or overnight to allow the flavors to develop.  Enjoy!

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