Sparkling Blackberry Cocktail with Herradura Tequila

Today on Twitter and my Facebook page I shared that I am celebrating life!  Honestly, life pretty much rocks when you stand back and think about it.  At work today during one of my audits, one of the managers really warmed my heart.  He seriously said the most gracious and kind things about “my baby,” a.k.a my blog!  It all really helped me see the full picture, writing my blog each week makes me not only happy, it makes others happy.  Which in turn just makes me want to gush with happiness and breakout in a song and dance.  Okay, not the song, but for sure the dance!  To celebrate this amazing life we live, let’s clink our glasses, and enjoy a delicious cocktail together!!!

Sparkling Blackberry Cocktail with Herradura Tequila

Back in May I shared the cocktail called Ballet Russe, where I used delicious Grey Goose Vodka!  You may not remember the reasons why I HAD to use Grey Goose.  Wellllll….let’s refresh about the fun memory.  I am a HUGE fan of J.R. Ward the author of many wonderful books, including the popular series called Black Dagger Brotherhood.  The series is a vampire romance, and well freakin’ ROCKS!!!!  The one vampire in the book always drank Grey Goose.  Now personally I can’t imagine drinking that liquor straight…  BUT adding vodka into a drink usually makes that drink shine!

Well in the post for the Ballet Russe cocktail, I shared my interest in trying Herradura.  YUP, you guessed it, one of the other vampires in J.R. Ward’s series loved drinking Herradura Tequila.  Oh my word how I am so easily sucked into a book.  However, let me tell you this tequila will change your life.  No more cheap tequila allowed in the CafeTerraBlog house!

Sparkling Blackberry Cocktail with Herradura Tequila

Herradura was so kind to send me a bottle to try.  I have some fruit soaking in the tequila as we speak, so stay tuned for that fun!  Thank you to Herradura, I have learned more than I ever would have thought to learn about the liquor.  For so long (because I drank the cheap stuff) I thought tequila was not good.

The beautiful thing about this liquor, it is made with precision, care, love, and lots and lots of gorgeous agave.  So it is actually made to where you can sip it like you would a glass of your finest cognac.

The crazy thing in life, when we get sent down a path for a reason.  So I received the lovely bottle from Herradura.  Then no joke, two days later the chef at a facility I was auditing shares his knowledge of Herradura.  He actually toured the Herradura home (yes it is a large gorgeous home in Mexico,) and saw how the liquor was made.  I decided at that moment I NEED to tour a alcohol facility someday, I would so love that!

Sparkling Blackberry Cocktail with Herradura Tequila

The tequila I received is Herradura Silver.  This means the tequila has been aged for 45 days.  If you want to try reposado tequila (which I did VERY recently AND loved it,) it is aged for 11 months.  The next tequila I plan to try is Anejo, it is aged for two years.  I can only imagine the Anejo has an amazing flavor.  AND there is a Extra Anejo which is aged for a lovely 49 months!!!

Here are a few facts about Herradura:  It is made with Blue Agave.  The Blue Agave is only harvested in the Mexican state of Jalisco.  To truly experience the finest tequila, use the three senses – sight, smell, and taste (like you would a fine wine.)  A traditional way to drink tequila is to serve it in a tall, narrow glass called a “Caballito,” which means, “Little Horse.”  Herradura has been creating their delicious tequila since 1870, for over 140 years!  AND guess what Herradura means?  Horseshoe!

The recipe I share was inspired from my fresh mint I am growing, the extra blackberries leftover from my Peach Blackberry Galette, and the delicious Herradura sitting on my counter screaming my name!

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Sparkling Blackberry Cocktail with Herradura Tequila

10 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

60 sprigs of fresh mint
1 cup club soda
2 cups ice
3 shots of blackberry juice (recipe below)
2 -3 shots of Herradura Tequila
3 shots of simple syrup (recipe below)

Instructions

For Blackberry Juice - In a small sauce pot, on medium heat, cook down a pint (about 1 cup) of fresh blackberries until softened, and can be mashed down completely. Let the cooked blackberries cool.

For Simple Syrup - In a small sauce pot, on medium heat, add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water, cook down until sugar is completely dissolved

To mix cocktail - In a larger pitcher, or three individual margarita glasses, muddle mint at bottom of the pitcher, add ice, club soda, blackberry juice, simple syrup, and Herradura. Mix well with a spoon, and enjoy!

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A refreshing cocktail that would be perfect to enjoy on warm summer day!  Which by the way when living in the south, we have TONS of warm days for about the next 2 months….so I guess that means I can enjoy a lot more lovely cocktails!!!

Sparkling Blackberry Cocktail with Herradura Tequila

What is your favorite way to enjoy tequila?

What is your favorite cocktail on a warm summer day?

Disclaimer:  I received a free bottle of Herradura Tequila, I shared facts about Herradura from the information they sent me.  All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • Betty Ann @Mango_Queen
    Ooooh this sparkling blackberry cocktail with herradura tequila looks divine. Pour me a drink, please and let's put our glasses together, my friend. Here's to a great summer! Hugs, Terra! Cheers :-)
  • The Joy of Caking
    You are the queen of cocktails Terra!
  • [email protected]
    This is why you are one of my favorites. For reals. I love your positive attitude, Terra! I am the same way... I LOVE life and I love to celebrate it! CHEERS! xoxoxo
  • OMG I want two of these stat! YUM!!!
  • Tutti Dolci
    I love blackberries, this is such a pretty cocktail. Cheers to the weekend! :)
  • Angie
    Drink one for me, Terra. This is such a beautiful drink.
  • Choc Chip Uru
    Such a pretty and delicious cocktail :D Cheers CCU http://gobakeyourself.wordpress.com/
  • Jennie @themessybakerblog
    Terra, I love that you get creative after reading. A lot of my inspiration comes from reading. This drink looks amazing, and I have to get me some of that delicious tequila. Yum!
  • Hotly Spiced
    Isn't it nice when people say nice things about your blog! It really does make all the work and all the effort worthwhile. I have to confess to not having ever tried tequila in my life! I'm now inspired to get out there and give it a go xx
  • kitchenriffs
    Great drink! I haven't tried Herradura, but need to. For mixing some cocktails (margaritas are a great example), I actually prefer the less expensive, rougher tequilas - the lime and triple sec really mellow them, but the drink retains a bit of bite. For drinking on the rocks, though, nothing beats a good anejo. Fun post - thanks.
  • Como Water
    MMMMMMM! I want some of that tequila soaked fruit! :D
  • Meghan
    This drink sounds fabulous & I could go for one right now! I think we need to plan a trip & take one of these tours immediately! I'm in!
  • I totally agree with your manager so here's a toast with this delicious cocktail! Love the blackberry flavor!
  • Thespicyrd
    Gorgeous cocktail and loved the post! Funny tequila story...I am a sucker for a pretty tequila bottle, so one day I filled a really pretty one {can't recall the brand} that was empty, with water, just cause I love to look at it! Well, a friend came over one night while I was working in my office, and poured a couple of shots for himself and my hubby to share. You can imagine how perplexed they both were when that tequila tasted just like water :-) Cheers! xoxo
  • LOVE – the secret ingredient
    Happy National Tequila Day, Terra! :) This looks fantastic, I may have to make it come 5pm tonight!