This dark and smoky margarita is made with a concoction of hedgerow charms in honour of Halloween. A decadent mix of rich and fruity flavours makes this one of my favourites yet.
In folklore salt is used to purify and protect; sprinkled along windowsills and across doorways it was thought to stop any evil spirits crossing, as they’d be forced to count the grains and thus be occupied until the sun rose driving them back to their grave. A ring of salt would protect or bless anyone inside. Sage has long been used in folklore to clear and protect spaces and taken as a brew it will calm anxiety (the tequila might help too…) and blackberries are jam-packed with vitamin C and their brambles were believed to ensnare spirits in their thorns or snag and remove illness if passed over the body. So try this decadent and dark Midnight Margarita this Halloween and keep the night at bay.
1 1/2oz Tequila
1oz Sage Simple Syrup*
6-7 Fresh Blackberries
Fresh orange peel
The juice of 1/2 a lime (or less to taste)
Smoked Sea Salt
*The Sage Syrup
Mix equal parts sugar and water and stir until the sugar has dissolved into the mix. Add sage leaves (I used 9 per 1/2 cup of sugar used) and allow them to steep for at least a few hours. Strain to remove the leaves and store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Add your blackberries, lime juice and orange peel to a cocktail shaker. Muddle until the blackberries are a juicy mush and the orange peel is bruised releasing its flavour. Add the tequila, sage syrup and a tiny pinch of salt. Shake over ice and strain into a salt rimmed glass. (Rub a lime wedge around the rim of an empty glass and then roll the edges in a saucer of salt.) Garnish with a sage leaf, or orange peel if you prefer. Enjoy!
Happy Halloween. Xx