Frozen Espresso Martini

Try this refreshing twist on a classic cocktail: the frozen espresso martini! This easy recipe blends 4 ingredients into a…

Try this refreshing twist on a classic cocktail: the frozen espresso martini! This easy recipe blends 4 ingredients into a creamy, frosty puree with rich coffee undertones. It’s the drink of the summer!

Frozen Espresso Martini in stemmed glass.

Here’s your signature summer cocktail: the frozen espresso martini! The classic espresso martini has vaulted into one of the most popular cocktails in America. So why not try a frozen spin on the classic?

We created our own spin on this recipe and it is extremely simple to make! Many recipes call for making espresso and freezing it into ice cubes, but who has time for that? You can make our version in just 5 minutes in a blender. The creamy, frosty flavor with rich coffee undertones is absolutely divine. We can’t wait for you to try it!

Ingredients in a frozen espresso martini

As cookbook authors and cocktail experts, we’ve have over 300 cocktail recipes in our library. This one has a special place in our heart because it’s so tasty and it came about as a happy accident. Wondering if we could simply use bottled cold brew coffee in a frozen version of this drink, we whipped out our blender. Turns out, it works beautifully! You can also use brewed coffee if you prefer. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Vodka: The smooth, neutral spirit provides a base for the cocktail, allowing the other flavors to shine.
  • Kahlúa: This coffee liqueur adds sweetness and a hint of rum complexity to the mix.
  • Cold brew coffee (or strong coffee): The strong, concentrated coffee brings the bold, caffeinated essence of espresso to the martini without the need to make espresso. You can also make coffee using your favorite method: make it double strength and chill it before blending.
  • Sugar: Sugar balances the bitterness of the coffee and enhances the overall flavor. If desired, you can substitute with simple syrup, maple syrup, or agave syrup, using ¾ of the sugar specified in the recipe.
  • Ice: Crushed or cubed ice chills the cocktail and creates a frosty, refreshing texture.

How to make an espresso martini: step by step

Here’s what you’ll need to do to make an espresso martini:

Frozen espresso Martini ingredients

Step 1: Gather the ingredients: 1 cup cold brew coffee, ¼ cup Kahlua, ¼ cup vodka, 3 tablespoons sugar, and 3 cups ice.

How to make a frozen espresso martini Step 2

Step 2: Blend the ingredients in a blender.

Frozen Espresso Martini Step 3: Garnish.

Step 3: Pour into glasses and garnish with 3 coffee beans.

What’s an espresso martini?

The Espresso Martini is a vodka martini made with coffee that was invented in 1983. London bartender Dick Bradsell of the Soho Brasserie created the drink for a patron who asked for a drink to wake her up.

Apparently the coffee machine was right next to the drink station, and the Espresso Martini was born. The name came in the 1990’s when flavored martinis were all the rage.

Coffee methods

We like buying purchased cold brew coffee concentrate for a frozen espresso martini because it’s so simple! You can also make homemade cold brew coffee, which is very easy and a much cheaper method. If you have a French press, try French press cold brew.

Or, make strong coffee using a dark roast bean: French press or pour over work well. Another great option is Moka Pot coffee (coffee made with a Bialetti), since its flavor is somewhere between coffee and espresso. Cool the coffee before blending.

More about Kahlua

Kahlua is a coffee liqueur that’s made in Mexico. It’s made with rum, sugar and coffee. It does have some caffeine, but only about 25% as much as the same volume of coffee. The standard Kahlua is dairy-free, vegan and plant-based: it contains only rum, sugar and coffee.

You can also use other types of coffee liqueur in a frozen espresso martini, like Tia Maria or Sheridan’s. Use up leftovers to make Kahlua drinks like the White RussianBlack Russian or Mudslide.

A few more coffee cocktails

If you love a good frozen espresso martini, here are a few more coffee cocktails might enjoy:

Frequently asked questions

How does a frozen espresso martini differ from a regular one?

The main difference is texture. A frozen espresso martini is blended with ice, creating a slushy, refreshing drink, similar to a frozen margarita. The flavor profile is similar to the classic cocktail.

Can I adjust the sweetness level?

Absolutely! If you prefer a sweeter drink, add a bit more sugar. For a less sweet version, reduce the amount. We don’t suggest omitting it.

What kind of garnish should I use?

Coffee beans are the classic choice, but you can also use a sprinkle of cocoa powder or even a dollop of whipped cream.

Can I make a large batch ahead of time?

It’s best to blend right before serving to have the correct slushy texture. If desired, you can mix up the liquids and refrigerate, then blend with ice right before serving. You can also blend and freeze for up to 1 hour, then stir with a fork before serving. 

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Frozen Espresso Martini


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
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  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings

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Try this refreshing twist on a classic cocktail: the frozen espresso martini! This easy recipe blends 4 ingredients into a creamy, frosty puree with rich coffee undertones. It’s the drink of the summer!


Ingredients

  • 1 cup cold brew (or strong coffee, cooled*)
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • ¼ cup Kahlua or other coffee liqueur (like Tia Maria)
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar**
  • 3 cups ice cubes
  • Coffee beans, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the blender and blend until combined.
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with coffee beans. 

Notes

*We used purchased bottled vanilla cold brew. You can also use homemade cold brew coffee, or make double-strength coffee using your favorite method.

**If desired, you can also use 2 ½ tablespoons simple syrup, maple syrup, or agave syrup as a natural sweetener.

Make ahead notes: It’s best to blend right before serving to have the correct slushy texture. If desired, you can mix up the liquids and refrigerate, then blend with ice right before serving. You can also blend and freeze for up to 1 hour, then stir with a fork before serving. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Frozen Lemonade

Beat the heat with this refreshing and easy frozen lemonade recipe! This zingy homemade treat is made three simple ingredients…

Beat the heat with this refreshing and easy frozen lemonade recipe! This zingy homemade treat is made three simple ingredients and can be customized to your liking.

Frozen Lemonade

When the weather starts to get warmer, we’re all about one thing: summer drinks! Alex and I have realized over the years that we have a major passion for a signature drink, be it cocktails, coffee, tea, or lemonade. Every moment is better with a drink in hand!

Why we love this recipe: This frozen lemonade is the ultimate tangy and refreshing drink! The burst of icy, citrusy flavor will make you melt. Even better, you don’t have to wait hours for anything to freeze: just whip it up with 3 ingredients on demand in a blender! Our kids cannot get enough of these.

“The frozen lemonade is a hit! My kids love it. They say it’s perfect, and I think it’s great too. I added a sprig of mint to mine and it’s very refreshing.” -Tanvee

Ingredients in frozen lemonade

There are just three ingredients in frozen lemonade: and two if you don’t count ice! Here’s what you’ll need to have on hand:

  • Fresh lemon juice: Make sure to use real, fresh squeezed citrus juice for this recipe. Bottled juice doesn’t have the freshness in flavor. No substitutions here!
  • Sugar: We like granulated sugar here for its ability to balance the acidity of the lemon without watering down the drink. You can substitute an equal amount of agave syrup, honey, or maple syrup if desired.
Juiced lemons

Tips for juicing lemons

What’s the best way to juice lemons? We like using a press juicer, which helps to easily extract juice while saving out the pulp and seeds. It also helps to save your hands from the effort of squeezing!

You can also use any type of juicer you have on hand (and a little elbow grease). It takes a while to squeeze out the juice especially if you’re doubling the recipe, but it’s worth it!

A note on serving size

The serving size for this frozen lemonade recipe is 2 small servings. The photograph shows two servings in one mug, so we’d recommend serving it in a smaller glass or cup! Double the ingredients as necessary to make more servings!

Make ahead tip

This frozen lemonade is best right after blending it, to keep that frosty, slushie texture (it becomes very hard if frozen overnight). To make frozen lemonade in advance, juice the lemons and stir in the sugar: store it in a refrigerated container for up to 1 day. The day of serving, blend up the lemonade with ice. 

Variations on lemonade recipes

Frozen lemonade is the perfect summer drink! There are so many fun ways to riff on the concept: we love this frozen version, but you can mix up so many fun variations. Here are a few of our top lemonade recipes:

Dietary notes

This frozen lemonade recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, gluten-free, and dairy-free.

Frequently asked questions

Can I use store-bought lemonade?

Yes, but for the best flavor, we recommend making your own lemonade base. It’s easy and you can control the sweetness level.

Can I add alcohol to frozen lemonade?

Absolutely! Vodka, rum, or tequila, all pair well. Add your spirit of choice once the lemonade is blended.

How long can I store frozen lemonade?

To make frozen lemonade in advance, juice the lemons and stir in the sugar: store it in a refrigerated container for up to 1 day. The day of serving, blend up the lemonade with ice. 

What are some fun ways to serve frozen lemonade?

Get creative! Try garnishing with fresh fruit or herbs (like mint or basil).

Is frozen lemonade a healthy treat?

While it does contain natural fruit juice, it can be high in sugar. Enjoy it in moderation as part of a balanced diet.

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Frozen Lemonade


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
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  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 small servings

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Beat the heat with this refreshing and easy frozen lemonade recipe! This zingy homemade treat is made three simple ingredients and can be customized to your liking.


Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar*
  • 2/3 cup fresh lemon juice (about 3 medium lemons)
  • 2 cups ice cubes

Instructions

  1. In a blender, combine the sugar and the fresh lemon juice. Blend on low speed until the sugar is dissolved, about 10 to 15 seconds.
  2. Add the ice cubes to the blender with the lemon juice and sugar mixture.
  3. Blend on low to medium speed until the ice is completely crushed and the mixture is smooth, about 30 to 45 seconds. If needed, stop the blender and use a spatula to scrape down the sides, then continue blending until the desired consistency is reached. If necessary, add a few tablespoons cold water to get it to blend. 
  4. Pour the frozen lemonade into a glass and serve immediately, garnished with a lemon slice or mint sprig, if desired.**

Notes

*The serving size is 2 small servings. The photograph shows two servings in one mug. Double the ingredients as necessary. 

**To make frozen lemonade in advance, juice the lemons and stir in the sugar: store it in a refrigerated container for up to 1 day. The day of serving, blend up the lemonade with ice. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Frozen
  • Cuisine: Drink
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Avocado Smoothie

This avocado smoothie is my latest obsession. Avocado is packed with healthy fats and the secret to an ultra-rich, dessert-like smoothie!

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Did you know you can freeze avocados? This information was life-changing when I opened my former restaurant, AVO, in Nashville back in 2015; we used frozen avocado in our signature drink, the Avocado Margarita and let me tell you, freezing ripe avocados saved us a bunch of dough! Now, I buy ripe avocados any time they’re on sale, slice them up, and toss them in the freezer for later. This avocado smoothie is the perfect way to use up frozen avocado. I know avocado in a drink might sound crazy, but trust me, it’s the secret to an ultra-rich, dessert-like smoothie. It’s packed with healthy fats and imparts that same creamy texture that avocados (and guacamole) are known for! This is your new favorite green smoothie.

close up of an avocado smoothie in a green glass.

What Is An Avocado Smoothie?

Citrus and avocado are a classic combination. In this smoothie, I add a creamy, ripe banana and a little extra sweetness from agave nectar, making it an instant winner! Super creamy, bright, and fun, this avocado smoothie is the perfect treat with lots of healthy ingredients involved.

Ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need to make an avocado smoothie:

  • Frozen Avocado: Makes this smoothie lusciously creamy and adds heart-healthy fats, fiber, and omega-3s.
  • Agave: This syrup adds a touch of sweetness to this smoothie to balance out the acidic flavors. Agave is a neutral flavored sweetener unlike maple and honey (which are delicious!) but can sometimes take over flavor-wise.
  • Frozen Banana: Adds flavor, subtle sweetness and creaminess.
  • OJ: Balances the fattiness of the avocado, adding a bright flavor.
  • Lime Juice: Adds a touch of extra acidity to balance out the sweet and creamy flavors.

What Else Can I Add?

This smoothie is a great base to add extra greens or fruit to!

  • I love to add spinach or kale.
  • Frozen blueberries or pineapple make great fruity additions!
  • For a protein boost, add a scoop of peanut butter or vanilla protein powder!
two hands clinking avocado smoothies together.
an avocado smoothie in a clear glass.
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Avocado Smoothie

This avocado smoothie is my latest obsession. Avocado is packed with healthy fats and is the secret to an ultra-rich, dessert-like smoothie!
Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 drink (about 1.5 cups)
Calories 297kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen avocado $1.61
  • 1 Tbsp agave $0.14
  • 1/2 frozen ripe banana $0.41
  • 1/2 cup OJ $0.60
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice $0.04

Instructions

  • Blend ingredients together until smooth. Serve ice cold!

See how we calculate recipe costs here.

Nutrition

Serving: 1smoothie | Calories: 297kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Sodium: 8mg | Fiber: 7g
a hand holding an avocado smoothie in a clear glass with a straw.

how to make An Avocado Smoothie – step by step photos

pouring orange juice over ingredients for avocado smoothie in a blender.

Blend 1/2 cup frozen avocado, 1 Tbsp agave syrup, 1/2 of a frozen ripe banana, 1/2 cup OJ, and 1 Tbsp lime juice together until smooth. Serve ice cold!

blending an avocado smoothie.

This creamy and refreshing avocado smoothie is the best way to start your morning or rescue you mid-day!

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Homemade Blackberry Syrup

This chile-infused blackberry syrup is slow-burning, sweet and spicy, and homemade. Inspired by a recipe in the September 2007 issue of Gourmet Magazine, it’s great in spritzers, over pancakes, in oatmeal, and on and on.

Continue reading Homemade Blackberry Syrup on 101 Cookbooks

The next time you have blackberries on hand, please make this recipe. It doesn’t lake long, and you are left with enough sweet & spicy, chile-infused blackberry syrup to keep your taste buds tingling for a good stretch. I clipped the recipe out of an issue of Gourmet Magazine years ago, September 2007, and enjoy it  every year when berries are in season.

jars of homemade blackberry syrup

Blackberry Syrup: The Recipe

Over the years I’ve made this syrup experimenting with a range of chiles. Play around! Broadly speaking, it’s easy to adjust the spiciness to your liking. My advice is to make notes so you know your preference for future batches.

A Special Syrup: How To Use It

The ways to enjoy this syrup are endless.

  • Use it to spritz up sparkling water.
  • Swirl it into yogurt, oatmeal, or crème fraîche.
  • Slather on buttered toast or skillet cornbread.
  • Drizzle over goat cheese.
  • Use as a topping for pancakes, crepes, or waffles.
  • Jazz up tapioca pudding.

Use it in Cocktails

Gourmet highlighted their original version of this blackberry syrup alongside a bourbon-based cocktail (it was a Briar Patch), and a version of a Desert Sunrise. If you think of it as a homemade spicy grenadine, you can imagine all sorts of cocktail applications (and non-alcoholic cocktails as well). 
blackberries on a paper towel
blackberry juice stains on a piece of parchment paper

Even More Ideas

I keep thinking about working this syrup into a cheesecake. You know how Humboldt Fog goat cheese has a thin layer of vegetable ash running through it? What if, using that as inspiration, you had a thin vein of the chile blackberry syrup run through the cream cheese filling. You’d only see it after slicing into the cake? Or you could use it in a simple vinaigrette, or as part of a fruit salad. There are a lot of other ideas down in the comments, and I’ll put a few highlights in the next section.
blackberry seeds in a strainer with a wooden spoon

Blackberry Syrup: How *You’re* Using It

You’ve shared so many great ideas over the years in the comments. A few favorites:

  • Payel says, “it is great on top of strawberry ice cream, with french toast or with chilled white wine to make kirs.”
  • Kate dovetails with this sentiment saying this syrup was amazing over vanilla bean ice cream topped with roasted pecans.
  • On the savory front FCnoted, “I used this smoky syrup in a marinate to prepare tempeh peach kebabs.”
  • Sharon suggested a bruschetta with a slice of chevre blanc, grilled with a drizzle of this and maybe a sprig of rocket.

Lastly, you’ll have enough to gift some syrup to friends. You can print up little tags with recipe suggestions for a thank-you or housewarming treat. Enjoy!
jars of homemade blackberry syrup

More Berry Recipes

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10 Simple Gin Cocktails

Craving a fun gin drink but short on time? Here’s how to craft simple gin cocktails with just a few…

Craving a fun gin drink but short on time? Here’s how to craft simple gin cocktails with just a few ingredients and minimal effort.

Gin and Lemonade

Sometimes you’ve got time to mix up some fun cocktails, but other times you want something that’s quick and easy. If you’ve got a bottle of gin on hand, here are our top simple gin cocktails that are easy to throw together.

What’s a simple gin cocktail?

How do we define simple here? We’ve got a whole list of our best gin cocktails that includes all the classics. This collection is a sub-set of gin cocktails that take 5 minutes and are made with only a few ingredients and no fancy techniques. Many of them you can build right in the glass, so you don’t even need to dirty a cocktail shaker!

There’s everything from two-ingredient gin cocktails to simple bubbly highballs. Here’s what to mix with gin (tonic water and beyond!) to make an easy, breezy drink to enjoy. Alex and I have made these recipes multiple times, and we love every one of them! Some top favorites are the Gin Rickey, Gin Gin Mule, and Salty Dog.

The recipes: our top 10 simple gin cocktails

Best types of gin

The general rule around gin cocktails: the better the gin, the better the drink. Don’t buy the cheapest gin you can find. Try to invest in a mid-price range gin: the drink will only taste as good as the gin you invest in! Here are a few notes:

  • MalfyAviationBeefeater London Dry have a developed, botanical flavor that blends well in cocktails.
  • Locally distilled gin is a great option! In Indianapolis, we like 8th Day Distillery, Hotel Tango, and Big Heart Gin.
  • Steer clear of strong flavored sipping gins in cocktails. For us this includes brands like Tanqueray gin (very floral) and Opihr gin (spice-forward). These types of gin can overpower the subtlety in many mixed drinks.

More gin cocktails

Looking for more gin cocktail ideas? We’ve got recipes for every season! Here are a few of our top ideas:

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Frequently asked questions

What kind of gin should I use for these cocktails?

Malfy, Aviation, and Beefeater London Dry is a versatile choice for most simple cocktails. However, you can explore other styles like juniper-forward gins or citrusy gins depending on your taste preference.

Do I need fancy ingredients for these cocktails?

Not at all! Most recipes use readily available ingredients like citrus juice, tonic water, and simple syrup.

Can I make these cocktails without a shaker?

Absolutely! Many of the recipes, like the Gin and Tonic, Gin Rickey, and Gin and Lemonade can be built directly in the glass. For drinks requiring mixing, a mason jar or even a tightly sealed mug can work in a pinch.

How can I add a personal touch to these simple cocktails?

Experiment with different garnishes! Fresh herbs like mint, rosemary, or thyme can add a touch of elegance. You can also use slices of cucumber, orange, or lemon for a pop of color and flavor.

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Gin and lemonade

10 Simple Gin Cocktails


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink

Description

Gin and lemonade are the best combination! Make this quick and easy 2 ingredient cocktail that’s perfectly sweet tart.


Ingredients

  • 6 ounces (¾ cup) homemade lemonade or purchased lemonade*
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) gin
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)
  • Fresh mint and lemon slices, for garnish

Instructions

  1. By the glass: In a glass, pour in the lemonade and gin. Add ice and garnish with fresh mint and lemon slices.
  2. By the pitcher: Mix 6 cups lemonade with 2 cups gin. Add ice and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Hugo Spritz

Cool down with a refreshing Hugo Spritz! This bubbly cocktail mixes elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine, and fresh mint for a…

Cool down with a refreshing Hugo Spritz! This bubbly cocktail mixes elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine, and fresh mint for a light and flavorful summer drink that’s easy to make at home.

Hugo Spritz cocktail with St-Germain bottle.

This cocktail might be the literal definition of refreshing. If you love bubbly spritzes, run don’t walk to try the Hugo Spritz cocktail! This Italian cocktail is a spin-off on the Aperol spritz and even better, in our opinion.

Why we love this recipe: A Hugo Spritz is made with delicate floral elderflower liqueur and bubbly Prosecco, which compliment each other perfectly. The bubbly combination transports you right to Northern Italy, where this cocktail was born and is popular to this day! It’s nuanced and lightly sweet, compared to the bold sweetness of an Aperol spritz.

What’s a Hugo Spritz?

The Hugo cocktail is a spritz cocktail made with Prosecco, elderflower syrup, and soda water. The drink was invented in 2005 by Roland Gruber in Northern Italy (the South Tyrol region just south of Austria). He created the drink as an alternative to the classic Aperol spritz, and it quickly spread across the country and into Europe.

Hugo Spritz ingredients

The Hugo Spritz cocktail is light and floral, accented with the delicate bubbles of Prosecco. Where the Aperol spritz is sweet and citrusy, this spin is sophisticated and even more refreshing. The original Hugo Spritz used elderflower syrup. Here in the US it’s easier to find a bottle of St Germain elderflower liqueur, so it’s a natural substitute. Here’s are the ingredients you need:

  • St-Germain liqueur: St-Germain is a liqueur made with elderflower, known for its floral flavor.
  • Prosecco: This Italian sparkling white wine is from the Veneto region, with a delicate flavor and light bubbles. You can use any type of champagne if desired.
  • Soda water: Use club soda or unflavored sparkling water (we use our SodaStream to make it at home). Avoid tonic water here, since it is flavored with quinine and lightly sweetened.
  • Fresh mint: Fresh mint as a garnish is what makes it a Hugo Spritz.

🍾 Tip: A 750 ml bottle of Prosecco is 25 ounces, enough for 8 drinks. If you’re making 2 drinks, a mini bottle is perfect—it holds 187 mL or about 6 ounces!

How to make a Hugo Spritz cocktail

The Hugo cocktail is so easy to make: you don’t even have to dirty a cocktail shaker! The spritz family of drinks is fantastic because you simply pour the ingredients into a glass.

The Hugo spritz is easy to make, and you can build the drink it right in the glass. This makes it a great choice for entertaining, especially as a summer cocktail. Here are the basic steps (or jump to the full recipe):

Step 1: Add St-Germain to a glass filled with ice and stir. Top with sparkling wine.

Step 2: Add soda water and garnish with mint.

Step 2: Add soda water. Garnish with fresh mint and serve.

More about St-Germain

The key to this Hugo spritz cocktail is the elderflower liqueur, which infuses a delicate floral flavor throughout the drink. St-Germain is one of our favorite unique liquors to stock. Here’s a bit more about it:

  • St-Germain is a liqueur that’s made with elderflowers, the small white flowers of an elderberry plant. The flavor is light, sweetly floral, and fragrant.
  • How do you say St Germain? The name is French, so say “Sahn-jer-MAHN” with your best French accent.
  • Fun fact: it’s relatively new to the scene. Get this: St Germain was invented in 2007! The vintage-looking bottle makes it seem like it has hundreds of years of history, but it’s a newcomer. (Here’s the story behind it.)
  • What cocktails can you make with St-Germain? Try the French Gimlet and all our top St Germain Cocktails.
Hugo Spritz cocktail with mint garnish.

Prosecco & more sparkling wines

Traditionally a Hugo spritz cocktail uses Prosecco, the Italian version of champagne. But you can use any type of sparkling wine you like! Make sure it is “Brut,” which means that it is dry. Here’s a breakdown of the major types of sparkling wine including Prosecco vs Champagne:

  • Prosecco: Italian sparkling wine. It’s a slightly sweeter than champagne and has lighter bubbles. It’s fruity and flowery, with notes of apple, pear and lemon.
  • Champagne: French sparkling wine. It tastes bubbly and fruity, with undertones of almond and orange. It’s typically the most expensive sparkling wine.
  • Cava: Spanish sparkling wine. It has more citrus notes, and is a little more savory and less fruity.

More spritz recipes

There are lots of members of the spritz family! The Aperol spritz is the most popular, but try these other types of spritz recipes to enjoy bubbly drinks all season long:

Frequently asked questions

What’s the difference between a Hugo Spritz and an Aperol Spritz?

Both are refreshing spritzes, but Aperol Spritz uses a bitter orange liqueur, while Hugo Spritz features the floral and delicate elderflower liqueur (like St-Germain).

I don’t have elderflower liqueur. What can I use instead?

St-Germain is the classic choice, but you can substitute with another elderflower liqueur or elderflower syrup. Elderflower is key the flavor here.

How can I customize my Hugo Spritz?

Get creative! Try adding muddled berries, a squeeze of citrus, or a sprig of rosemary for a unique twist.

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Hugo Cocktail


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
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  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink

Description

Cool down with a refreshing Hugo Spritz! This bubbly cocktail mixes elderflower liqueur, sparkling wine, and fresh mint for a light and flavorful summer drink that’s easy to make at home.


Ingredients

  • 1 ounces (2 tablespoons) St Germain liqueur (chilled if possible)
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) soda water
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: fresh mint

Instructions

  1. Add the St Germain to a glass filled with ice and stir.
  2. Top with the sparkling wine and soda water. Add mint and serve. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: European
  • Diet: Vegan

Best Kale Smoothie

Want to sneak more greens into your diet? Here’s how to make a refreshing kale smoothie! We’ll show how to…

Want to sneak more greens into your diet? Here’s how to make a refreshing kale smoothie! We’ll show how to balance the flavor of kale with fruits and add-ins for a creamy and satisfying green drink you’ll actually crave.

Kale Smoothie in a glass with straw and kale leaf garnish.

Here’s a smoothie so good, you’ll want to make it every day. Meet our favorite kale smoothie! Yes, we know. “Kale smoothie” sounds like it would be intensely bitter. This one is anything but!

This kale smoothie is full of fruity flavor from green apple, pineapple and banana. It tastes heavenly, yet at the same time you’re getting a big dose of nutrients from leafy greens. True story: this is one of the only ways we get our son to eat kale—and he begs us for more kale smoothie. Here’s how to make it!

Why we love this kale smoothie recipe

This kale smoothie is lusciously creamy, a satisfying drink you’ll actually crave. This is saying something, because we’ve made lots of kale smoothies that are too bitter, too thick, or too icy. This one has all the right ingredients to make an irresistibly tasty green puree. Here’s why to make it:

  • It’s has a pure, sweet tart flavor and a silky smooth, frosty texture. It’s irresistibly tasty and just the right thickness for sipping!
  • It’s full of healthy ingredients. There are no added sugary juices to make it taste good.
  • It’s plant-based. There’s no need to use milk or yogurt here, it’s all fruit and leafy greens.
Kale Smoothie recipe in a glass with straw and kale leaf garnish.

Ingredients for this kale smoothie

This short ingredient list of a kale smoothie is all you need to make this beautiful, bright green puree! Here’s what you need:

  • Kale: Use either baby kale or Tuscan kale. We prefer baby kale since the flavor is sweeter and milder, but you can use Tuscan kale roughly chopped and loosely packed. Curly kale has a spicier flavor, so we’d recommend starting with less than the specified amount in the recipe.
  • Green apple: Apple is the key to a great kale smoothie; it brings in a bright, sweet tart flavor.
  • Banana: Banana features in many of our smoothie recipes to make a creamy texture and add natural sweetness.
  • Frozen pineapple or mango: Frozen pineapple seals the deal with its icy texture and beautiful fruity flavor.
  • Lemon juice, water and ice: Lemon juice accentuates the fruity flavors, and ice helps add texture and body. A little water is all you need to get it to blend.
Tuscan kale leaves.

Types of kale

There are several types of kale that you can use in this smoothie. Here’s a breakdown of each type:

  • Baby kale: Baby kale works well in a smoothie because it has a sweeter, mild flavor. It’s a young version of kale, harvested before it matures. You can find it sold in boxes at the grocery or bags at your local farmers market.
  • Tuscan kale: Tuscan kale is the next best option: it’s got a mild flavor and flat, dark green leaves. It’s also labeled as dinosaur kale or Lacinato kale.
  • Curly kale: Curly kale works, but it has a spicy flavor that’s more bitter than the other two. If you use this variety, you may want to start with less and add it to taste.

The trick to blending

Here’s a trick to blending this kale smoothie. First, blend the softer room temperature fruits and liquid. In this case, it’s the banana, apple, kale and water. Then add in the frozen ingredients: the frozen pineapple and ice. This helps it to blend easier: so you won’t need to endlessly stop, scrape, and start again!

Two kale smoothies.

Add-ins & variations

This kale smoothie is delicious as is, but you can always mix it up with tasty additions! Here are a few options:

  • Ginger: Add ½ teaspoon grated ginger to the mix for a spicy finish.
  • Mint or basil. Add a few fresh mint or basil leaves for an herbaceous spin.
  • Chia seeds. Chia seeds add fiber and some protein; add 1 to 2 tablespoons to your taste.
  • Coconut. A handful of shredded coconut adds a tropical flair.

Smoothie storage

Smoothies are best eaten immediately. But this kale smoothie actually lasts 1 to 2 days refrigerated, stored in a sealed container or a mason jar with the lid on. It may separate, which is perfectly natural. Just shake it up and you’re good to go!

A few favorite smoothies

We’ve got lots more where this came from! Here more smoothie recipes to try:

Dietary notes

This kale smoothie recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, and gluten-free.

Frequently asked questions

Won’t my kale smoothie taste bitter?

Not necessarily! This post offers tips on choosing the right kale variety (baby kale is less bitter) and using masking ingredients like bananas, mangoes, or pineapples to balance the flavor.

What kind of milk is best for a kale smoothie?

This kale smoothie recipe uses water, but you can also use milk. Any milk you enjoy works! Popular choices include dairy milk, almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk. Consider dietary restrictions and the desired texture when choosing your milk.

Do I need a fancy blender for a kale smoothie?

A high-powered blender is ideal for achieving a smooth and creamy consistency. However, many regular blenders can handle kale smoothies with the addition of some extra liquid.

Can I make kale smoothies ahead of time?

Yes, but be aware that the color may darken slightly, and the texture might thicken a bit and separate over time. This smoothie is best eaten within 1 day, but it does store up to 2 days.

How can I make my kale smoothie more filling?

Adding protein powder, nut butters, chia seeds, or even rolled oats can make your smoothie more filling and keep you satisfied for longer.

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Kale smoothie

The Best Kale Smoothie


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 smoothies

Description

Want to sneak more greens into your diet? Here’s how to make a refreshing kale smoothie, a creamy and satisfying green drink you’ll actually crave.


Ingredients

  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups baby kale leaves, loosely packed (or Tuscan or curly kale*, roughly chopped)
  • ½ cup water (or milk of choice)
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 2 cups frozen pineapple or mango
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Chop the apple, leaving the skin on. Break the banana into pieces and place them both in the blender. Add the water and baby kale leaves. Blend until smooth.
  2. Add the ice, frozen pineapple or mango, and lemon juice. Blend again until smooth.

Notes

*Our preference for the type of kale to use in a smoothie is baby kale. Tuscan kale is a second choice. Curly kale can work, but it has a spicy flavor and is more bitter than the other two. If you use this variety, you may want to start with less and add it to taste. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Kale smoothie, kale smoothie recipe

Limoncello Spritz

Here are the secrets to making a limoncello spritz, a delightful Italian cocktail bursting with sunshine lemon flavor and a…

Here are the secrets to making a limoncello spritz, a delightful Italian cocktail bursting with sunshine lemon flavor and a delightful fizz. It’s easy to prepare and guaranteed to transport you to a carefree summer state of mind.

Limoncello spritz in stemmed glass with mint.

Here’s an Italian cocktail that’s bubbly and flavored with pure lemon: the Limoncello Spritz! Limoncello is a liqueur that’s often sipped for after-dinner shots, but this ultra strong lemon elixir shines in mixed drinks, too.

Why we love this recipe: This spin on the popular Aperol spritz is full of bright lemon flavor from the limoncello. As two cocktail experts and certified mixologists, we think it’s even better than the original! It’s bubbly and effervescent, with a searing citrus bite.

What’s a spritz?

The spritz is a drink invented in Italy that combines three ingredients: liqueur, sparkling wine (usually Prosecco) and soda water. You can make a spritz of any type using these two ingredients and any mixer of your choosing. The basic spritz ratio is 3 parts sparkling wine, 2 parts liqueur, 1 part soda water.

Ingredients in a limoncello spritz

The limoncello spritz is a spin on the popular Aperol spritz, an Italian aperitif. While the spritz concept has been around for hundreds of years, it wasn’t until the 1950’s that the Aperol spritz took the form it has today. The limoncello spritz just substitutes limoncello for Aperol, an Italian amaro.

Spritzes are trending in popularity, so it’s not a surprise that this sunny spin is a top choice when it comes to summer cocktails. Here’s what you need to make a limoncello spritz:

  • Limoncello: A sweet, lemon-flavored liqueur originating from southern Italy.
  • Prosecco: A sparkling white wine from Italy’s Veneto region, known for its delicate flavor and light bubbles. You can use any type of champagne if desired.
  • Soda water: Use club soda or unflavored sparkling water (we use our SodaStream to make it at home). Avoid tonic water, since it is flavored with quinine and lightly sweetened.

🍾 Tip: A 750 ml bottle of Prosecco is 25 ounces, enough for 8 drinks. If you’re making 2 drinks, a mini bottle is perfect—it holds 187 mL or about 6 ounces!

How to make a limoncello spritz

The limoncello spritz is an incredibly easy to make drink! The spritz requires no cocktail shaker or juicing of citrus: you can build the drink it right in the glass. This makes it a great choice for entertaining, especially in the summer. Here are the basic steps for how to make a limoncello spritz:

Step 1: Add the limoncello to a glass with ice. Add Prosecco and soda water.

Step 1: Stir 2 oz limoncello in a glass with ice to make it cold. Add 3 oz Prosecco and 1 oz soda water.

Step 2: Garnish with mint and serve the limoncello spritz.

Step 2: Garnish with fresh mint and serve.

More about limoncello

If you’ve ever visited Italy, you know limoncello. But what actually is it this ultra strong yellow liquid?

  • Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur made by infusing lemon peels into vodka or other neutral spirits. It’s got a searing, straightforward lemon flavor and is the second most popular liqueur in Italy after Campari. You can get it everywhere in Italy, and it’s often served as shots after a big meal.
  • How much does limoncello cost? Limoncello has become very popular in the US, so you should be able to find it easily at your local liquor store. It costs about $20.
  • What else can limoncello be used for? The most popular use for limoncello is drinking it as shots, but it’s equally as good in cocktails! Try it in a Limoncello Mojito with lime and rum, or a Limoncello Martini with vodka and lemon juice.

Step it up: try clear ice!

Want to take your limoncello spritz to the next level? Try making clear ice! This type of ice is crystal clear and looks like what you’d get at a fancy bar. But you can make it at home! All you need is a cooler and 24 hours. Go to How to Make Clear Ice.

Limoncello spritz in stemmed glass with mint.

Other spritz recipes

The spritz is one of the most refreshing cocktails of all time! There are lots of different styles of spritz recipes to try after you try this limoncello spritz:

More lemon cocktails

Lemon flavored cocktails are some of the most refreshing alcoholic drinks! They’ve earned a place in our hearts for their forward citrusy flavor. Here are a few more lemon cocktails if you love limoncello:

Frequently asked questions

What is a Limoncello Spritz?

This refreshing Italian cocktail is a delightful blend of limoncello, prosecco, and soda water. It’s a close cousin to the Aperol Spritz, but with a brighter lemon flavor.

Is a Limoncello Spritz strong?

Compared to some cocktails, it’s on the lighter side. The prosecco has a lower alcohol content than some spirits, and the limoncello typically has less alcohol than rum or vodka. However, always drink responsibly.

What’s the ideal ratio for a Limoncello Spritz?

The classic ratio is 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts limoncello, and 1 part soda water. Feel free to adjust these proportions to your taste preference.

Do I need a special glass for a Limoncello Spritz?

Not at all! A stemmed wine glass or a tumbler filled with ice works perfectly.

What are some fun garnishes for a Limoncello Spritz?

A lemon wedge is a classic and refreshing choice. You can also get creative with a sprig of fresh mint, a few raspberries, or even a thin slice of orange.

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Limoncello spritz

Limoncello Spritz


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink

Description

Want a bubbly citrus cocktail? Try the limoncello spritz! Here are the secrets to making this delightful Italian cocktail, bursting with sunshine lemon flavor and a delightful fizz. It’s easy to prepare and guaranteed to transport you to a carefree summer state of mind.


Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) limoncello, chilled if possible
  • 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) soda water
  • Ice (try clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: mint, lemon rounds

Instructions

  1. Add the limoncello to a glass filled with ice and stir.
  2. Top with the sparkling wine and soda water. Add mint and serve. 
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Poured
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Limoncello spritz

Bushwacker Drink

The Bushwacker drink is like a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada! This boozy frozen cocktail stars Kahlua…

The Bushwacker drink is like a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada! This boozy frozen cocktail stars Kahlua and creme de cacao.

Bushwacker Drink in glass with cherry and chocolate shavings

Here’s a frozen cocktail that will blow your mind with its creamy, chocolaty flavor: the Bushwacker drink! It’s equal parts refreshing and rich—essentially a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada.

Why we love this recipe: The Bushwacker is lusciously smooth with notes of chocolate, coffee and vanilla. It’s perfect for sipping poolside as a summer cocktail, or as a dessert drink any time you’re dreaming of sun. Here’s everything you need to know to make it!

Bushwacker cocktail ingredients

The Bushwacker is a frozen cocktail made with rum, Kahlua, creme de cacao, cream of coconut, and milk, known for its creamy texture, sweet flavor, and boozy kick. Invented in the 1970’s in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, it has since become popular in Florida and the American South. What’s in a Bushwacker? This frozen boozy milkshake relies on these ingredients blended to perfection:

  • Rum: Dark rum is common in a Bushwacker, but you can use aged or white rum. We like this drink with aged rum (golden or añejo), because it has subtle flavor notes of vanilla, coconut, and caramel.
  • Kahlua: Kahlua is a coffee liqueur that’s made in Mexico. You can use other types of coffee liqueur like Tia Maria.
  • Creme de cacao: This chocolate liqueur carries the milkshake flavor.
  • Cream of coconut: Make sure to buy cream of coconut, a sweetened syrup for drinks (not coconut cream, which is a different product).
  • Milk and ice: Any type of milk works here, from 2% to whole to non-dairy milk like oat milk or almond milk. Blend everything with ice to make the Bushwacker!

The story behind the name?

The Bushwacker was invented at the Ship’s Store Pub in St Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands in 1975 as a tropical spin on the White Russian by bartender Angie Conigliaro and manager Tom Brokamp. Apparently they named it after a guest’s dog, an Afghan hound named Bushwack!

Bushwacker Drink in glass with chocolate shavings and cherry

How to make a Bushwacker drink: step by step

Once you’ve got your specialty liquors, mixing up the Bushwacker drink is a breeze! Here’s what to do (or jump to the full recipe):

  • Step 1: Place 2 ounces (¼ cup) each rum, Kahlua, creme de cacao, cream of coconut, and 2% milk in a blender. Add 3 cups ice and blend.
  • Step 2: Pour into a glass and garnish with a straw. Garnish with a maraschino cherry for a classic presentation. The drink tends to separate, which is normal: just stir it up with your straw while drinking!

Pro tip: There’s no dairy in any of the liqueurs in a Bushwacker drink, so it’s easy to make it a dairy free or vegan cocktail using oat milk.

What is creme de cacao?

Despite what you might think, creme de cacao is not creamy or made with dairy! This special liqueur is one of the oldest around. Here’s more about it:

  • Creme de cacao is a chocolate liqueur, available in both white and dark varieties. It’s possibly one of the first alcoholic beverages, made in the 1600’s by monks after cocoa beans were brought back to Europe from America (source). The original Bushwacker had dark creme de cacao, but white is easier to find and what we call for here.
  • What does creme de cacao taste like? White creme de cacao tastes like milk chocolate with notes of vanilla. The darkvariety tastes richer with dark chocolate notes.
  • Is it worth buying? Yes, if you like dessert drinks! Use it to make creme de cacao drinks like the Brandy AlexanderChocolate Martini, or Grasshopper.

Look for cream of coconut

Another important ingredient in the Bushwacker drink: cream of coconut! If you read one thing in this article, note this: Buy cream of coconut, not coconut cream! What’s the difference? Here’s what to know about cream of coconut vs coconut cream:

  • Cream of coconut is a sweetened syrup for drinks, made with coconut cream and sugar. It’s sold in handy squeeze bottles (a popular brand is Coco Real). Cream of coconut is easy to find online or at liquor stores. Use up leftovers in coconut cocktails like the Piña Colada, Chi Chi, Painkiller, or Coconut Martini.
  • Coconut cream is unsweetened, very thick, and has a strong coconut flavor. It’s typically sold in cans next to the coconut milk. Coconut cream is made from chilling coconut milk and then skimming off the layer of cream that floats to the top. Avoid using it in cocktails!

Pro tip: If you accidentally buy coconut cream, you can still save your Bushwhacker drink! Use 1 oz coconut cream and 1 oz simple syrup in place of the 2 oz cream of coconut.

Use Kahlua or any coffee liqueur

The last ingredient of note in the Bushwacker drink is Kahlua, a popular brand of coffee liqueur. Here’s more about it:

Bushwacker Drink

More sweet & frozen drinks

The Bushwacker is one in a family of sweet cocktails and frozen alcoholic drinks. Here are a few related drinks you might enjoy:

Frequently asked questions

What exactly is a Bushwacker?

This frozen cocktail is a tropical blend of rum, coffee liqueur, cream of coconut, dark crème de cacao, and cream or milk. It’s known for its creamy texture, sweet flavor profile, and boozy kick.

Is a Bushwacker strong?

Generally, it’s not an overly strong drink, but it packs enough alcohol content to be enjoyed responsibly.

What does a Bushwacker taste like?

The dominant flavors are chocolate and coconut, with hints of coffee and rum. The creaminess adds a luxurious mouthfeel, and the overall taste is sweet and refreshing.

Is a Bushwacker similar to a Piña Colada?

While both are creamy and tropical, a Piña Colada features rum, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut. The Bushwacker adds coffee liqueur, dark crème de cacao, and skips the pineapple juice, resulting in a more chocolatey and coffee-forward flavor.

What kind of rum is best for a Bushwacker?

Dark rum is the traditional choice, offering a deeper flavor compared to lighter rums. However, you can also aged rum (anejo) with great results. White rum works too, and has a more straightforward flavor.

Can I use a different type of milk?

Yes! Opt for whole milk for a richer texture, or skim milk for a lighter option. You can also use non-dairy milks like oat milk and almond milk, which make this drink vegan and dairy-free.

What’s the best way to serve a Bushwacker?

Serve your Bushwacker in a chilled hurricane glass for a festive touch. Garnish with a maraschino cherry for a classic presentation.

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Bushwacker drink

Classic Bushwacker


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 drinks

Description

The Bushwacker drink is like a mashup of a chocolate milkshake and piña colada! This boozy frozen cocktail stars Kahlua and creme de cacao.


Ingredients

  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) aged, white or dark rum*
  • 2 ounces Kahlua
  • 2 ounces creme de cacao (white or dark; we used white)
  • 2 ounces cream of coconut
  • 2 ounces 2% milk
  • 3 cups ice
  • For the garnish: Shaved chocolate or grated nutmeg, cocktail cherry (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Garnish with shaved chocolate or grated nutmeg, if desired. Add straws and serve. (You can stir with the straw when the drink starts to separate.)

Notes

*We like using aged rum in this drink, since it brings oak and vanilla undertones. But either white or dark rum work as well. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Bushwacker drink

Blueberry Margarita

Calling all berry lovers! This blueberry margarita recipe combines fresh berries with classic margarita ingredients for a refreshingly sweet and…

Calling all berry lovers! This blueberry margarita recipe combines fresh berries with classic margarita ingredients for a refreshingly sweet and tart cocktail bursting with flavor. Impress your guests with this unique twist!

Blueberry margarita in rocks glass with blueberries and lime wedge.

Want a berry-based spin on your favorite drink? Try the blueberry margarita! As two cocktail experts we’ve made margarita recipes of every color of the rainbow, and one is solidly a favorite.

What we love about this recipe: This blueberry margarita has a beautifully sweet tart flavor and a fluorescent pink-purple hue. It’s great for impressing friends for a summer party or barbecue, or for mixing up a single drink to sip on the patio. Alex and I make a lot of margaritas, and outside of the classic margarita recipe this is one of our favorite fruity spins!

Ingredients in a blueberry margarita

The margarita is one of the most popular classic cocktails of all time, invented in Mexico in the 1930’s. The standard recipe is just 3 ingredients: tequila, orange liqueur (Triple Sec or Cointreau), and lime juice. For a blueberry margarita, all you need to do is muddle some fresh blueberries before shaking up the drink! To offset the tartness of the berries, you’ll need a hint of simple syrup. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

Can you use frozen blueberries?

This blueberry margarita works with either fresh or frozen blueberries. But we recommend thawing the berries first! This isn’t a frozen margarita, so it’s not blended in a blender. Instead, it’s shaken in a cocktail shaker with ice. The flavor is slightly fresher with fresh berries, but the difference is slight.

Blueberries

For the orange liqueur: Cointreau vs Triple Sec

What’s the best orange liqueur for a blueberry margarita: Cointreau or Triple Sec? You can use either, but we’ve got a favorite. Here’s what we recommend:

  • Top choice: Cointreau. Cointreau is a premium orange liqueur with a developed-orange perfume flavor. It has notes of oak and vanilla, which make it taste more sophisticated than Triple Sec.
  • Next choice: Triple Sec. Triple Sec is slightly less refined in flavor than Cointreau: it has a very straightforward orange essence (almost like orange vodka). But either work in a blueberry margarita.

How to make a blueberry margarita: step by step

Here are the basic steps for how to make a blueberry margarita! This margarita is muddled in a cocktail shaker: it’s not made in a blender like our strawberry margarita or raspberry margarita. Here are the basic steps (or jump to the full recipe):

  • Step 1: Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt (or for a festive look, use Margarita Salt).
  • Step 2: Place ¼ cup blueberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, and muddle them until fully mashed. Add the 1 ½ oz tequila, 1 oz Cointreau, ½ oz lime juice, and ½ oz simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake until cold.
  • Step 3: Strain the margarita into the glass with the salted rim. Fill the glass with ice and garnish with a lime wedge and extra blueberries.
Blueberry Margarita in rocks class with clear ice.

Make a blueberry margarita pitcher (8 servings)

Mixing up drinks for a crowd? You can easily make a blueberry margarita pitcher: just multiply this recipe times 4! You can make the recipe right in the pitcher; there’s no need to shake and strain. Here’s what to do:

  • Mash 2 cups blueberries and strain them into a pitcher.
  • Add 1 ½ cups tequila, 1 cup Triple Sec, ½ cup lime juice. and ½ ounce simple syrup.
  • Add 3 handfuls of ice and stir until cold. Pour into glasses and serve!

More margarita recipes

There are so many fruity ways to make a margarita! Here are some of our top margarita recipes:

Frequently asked questions

Fresh or frozen blueberries?

Fresh blueberries are ideal for the best flavor and texture. However, frozen blueberries can work in a pinch, but they will need to be thawed and may dilute the drink slightly.

Do I need to muddle the blueberries?

Yes, muddling the blueberries releases their juices and intensifies the flavor.

What type of tequila should I use?

A silver or blanco tequila is the most common choice for margaritas, including the blueberry version. It offers a clean and crisp base that allows the blueberry flavor to shine.

Can I use a different type of sweetener?

Yes! Simple syrup, agave nectar, or even honey can be used to sweeten your margarita to taste.

What can I add for a citrusy kick?

A splash of fresh lime juice will add a classic margarita element alongside the blueberry sweetness. You can also use a lime wedge for rimming the glass.

What’s the best way to rim the glass for a blueberry margarita?

For a unique touch, rim the glass with a sugar rim. For a festive twist, use a Tajin rim (chili-lime powder blend) for a sweet and spicy contrast.

What’s a fun way to garnish a blueberry margarita?

Fresh blueberries make a perfect and thematic garnish! A sprig of mint or a lime wedge also add a refreshing touch.

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Blueberry margarita

Fresh Blueberry Margarita


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink

Description

Calling all berry lovers! This blueberry margarita recipe combines fresh berries with classic margarita ingredients for a refreshingly sweet and tart cocktail bursting with flavor. Impress your guests with this unique twist!


Ingredients

  • ¼ cup fresh blueberries, plus more for the garnish
  • 1 ½ ounces* tequila blanco or reposado
  • 1 ounce Cointreau (or Triple Sec)
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce simple syrup or agave syrup**
  • Kosher salt, for the rim (optional)
  • Ice, for serving (try clear ice)

Instructions

  1. Cut a notch in a lime wedge, then run the lime around the rim of a glass. Dip the edge of the rim into a plate of salt (or for a festive look, use Margarita Salt).
  2. Place the blueberries in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, and muddle them until fully mashed. Add the tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake until cold.
  3. Strain the margarita into the glass with the salted rim. Fill the glass with ice and garnish with a lime wedge and extra blueberries.
  4. Margarita pitcher variation: Mash 2 cups blueberries, then strain the juice into a pitcher. Add 1 ½ cups tequila, 1 cup Triple Sec, ½ cup lime juice. and ½ ounce simple syrup. Add 3 handfuls of ice and stir until cold. Pour into glasses and serve.

Notes

*To convert to tablespoons, 1 ounce = 2 tablespoons

**Maple syrup also works as a natural sweetener for margaritas; it adds a nuanced sweetness without tasting like maple. 

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Blueberry margarita, Blueberry margarita recipe