Blackberry Thyme Margarita

Steeping herbs into simple syrup is one of my favorite ways to add flavor to a cocktail.

As a newly legal 21 year old, I am thrilled to share my first-ever cocktail recipe with you, right in time for Memorial Day Weekend! I took a classic margarita and elevated it with two of my all-time favorite flavors: fresh blackberries and thyme! The thyme even came straight from my rooftop garden. Steeping herbs into simple syrup is one of my favorite ways to add flavor to a cocktail, so if thyme isn’t your favorite, try this with any herb you like!

Blackberry Thyme Margarita

Servings 1 drink


For the Thyme Simple Syrup:

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 8 sprigs fresh thyme

For the Lime Zest Salt Rim:

  • ¼ cup flaky sea salt
  • Zest of 1 lime halve and reserve lime for assembling the margarita later

For the Margarita:

  • 8 fresh blackberries plus more for garnish
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 3/4 ounce thyme simple syrup
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1/2 ounce Cointreau
  • Sparkling water for topping (I used Topo Chico)
  • Fresh thyme for garnish


  • To make the thyme simple syrup, add all ingredients to a small saucepot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Transfer to an air-tight container and cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least one hour.
  • When you’re ready to make the margarita, add flaky sea salt and lime zest to a shallow bowl that’s slightly larger than your cocktail glass and mix with clean hands until well combined and fragrant. Rub a lime half around the edge of the glass, then dip into the salt mixture to coat to rim. Set aside while making the cocktail.
  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries and lime juice until berries have broken down and released their juices. (If you don’t have a muddler, the handle of a wooden spoon or rubber spatula will work, too!) Add thyme simple syrup, silver tequila, cointreau, and ice. Shake for 30-45 seconds, or until well chilled. Pour through a strainer into your prepared glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish with extra blackberries, and thyme sprigs, if desired. Serve immediately.
  • Note: the margarita ingredients make one cocktail, but the ingredients can easily be double or tripled in one shaker. The lime salt yields enough for about 4 cocktails, and the thyme simple syrup yields enough for about 16 cocktails. It keeps well in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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