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Four Berry Margaritas

I love to whip up a few batches of homemade margarita mix to give to all of my cocktail-loving friends. I used to let it simmer away on the stove, but now, I use my slow cooker. —Vianney Rodriguez, XXXXXXXX, XXXXXXXXX
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. + chilling Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    56 servings (14 cups margarita mix)

Ingredients

  • 12 cups water
  • 3 packages (12 ounces each) frozen unsweetened mixed berries, thawed
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (4 inches)
  • 2 cups fresh lime juice
  • EACH SERVING:
  • Lime wedge
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 ounce tequila blanco
  • 1 ounce Cointreau or orange liqueur

Directions

  • Combine water, berries, sugar, and cinnamon in a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low until berries are tender, 4-6 hours. Press through a cheesecloth-lined fine-mesh strainer into a bowl; discard pulp, seeds and cinnamon sticks. Cool cooking liquid completely. Stir in lime juice. Cover and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.
  • For each serving, using lime wedge, moisten the rim of a margarita or cocktail glass. Set aside lime wedge for garnish. Sprinkle salt on a plate; dip rim into salt. If desired, fill glass with ice; set aside. Discard remaining salt on plate.
  • Fill a cocktail shaker three-fourths full with ice. Add 1/4 cup berry mixture, 1 oz. tequila and 1 oz. Cointreau; cover and shake until condensation forms on outside of shaker, 10-15 seconds. Strain into prepared glass. Garnish with reserved lime wedge. Serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
1 margarita: 219 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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