I don’t know which is weirder.

Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas I howsweeteats.comThat I had the patience to roast berries before putting them in this beverage

or

that I put something green, like a vegetable, in my margarita. Basil is a vegetable. Hear me roar.

Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

In case you were wondering, that totally means this is a health food. Lots of antioxidants or… something.

Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

What?

Have I gone overboard with my roasted blueberry fascination? It’s okay. You can tell me. I can take it.

Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

I’ll just make another and cry my tears into the glass. Fridays rule.

Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas I howsweeteats.com

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Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas

Yield: recipe for one margarita, can easily be multiplied

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

2 ounces Grand Marnier
1 1/2 ounces Tequila
2 ounces lime juice
2 1/2 ounces blueberry basil simple syrup [recipe below]
sliced lime + fresh blueberries and basil leaves for garnish
salt + sugar for the rim

Directions:

Rim the ridge of your glass with a lime wedge and dip in a mix of margarita salt + sugar [I used about 3 tablespoons salt to 2 teaspoons sugar]. Fill the glass with ice. In a cocktail shaker, combine tequila, grand marnier, simple syrup and lime juice with ice, and shake for about 30 seconds. Pour over ice and squeeze in lime slices, then drop in blueberries and more fresh basil leaves.

For roasted blueberry basil simple syrup:

Preheat oven 400 degrees F. Place 1 cup of blueberries on a nonstick baking sheet with a pinch of salt. Place in the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes, or until berries start to burst.

While blueberries are roasting, combine equal parts sugar and water (such as 1/2 cup of each) in a small saucepan and add 6-8 fresh basil leaves, bring to a boil and let sugar dissolve, then turn off heat and let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Combine 1/2 cup simple syrup + roasted blueberries in a blender/food processor and blend until combined. Feel free to strain if you don't want small blueberries chunks. I love them!

This recipe can be easily doubled, quadrupled, etc. Since everyone’s tastes differ, add simple syrup 1/4 cup at a time and go from taste. I also suggest buying the lime juice if you plan on making a pitcher (or 2) considering you’d have to squeeze a billion limes to get enough juice.

[recipe adapted from my favorite margs]

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P.S. you don’t REALLY have to roast the blueberries if you’re short on time… but you totally should.

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75 Responses to “Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas.”

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    Simply Life — August 10, 2012 @ 7:10 am

    oooh, can I come home from work today to this?!

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    heather @ side of sneakers — August 10, 2012 @ 7:11 am

    I blame you for making want alcoholic beverages at 7 in the morning. Blueberries & basil? That counts as breakfast, right?

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    Christie Preston — August 10, 2012 @ 7:37 am

    This is the perfect way to end a Friday!! Beautiful, can’t wait to make it tonight!
    Christie ღ

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    Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking — August 10, 2012 @ 7:43 am

    “Hear me roar”…LOL. No, you haven’t gone overboard, you are on FIRE! Roasting the blueberries, ingenious! This could very well become my “go-to” drink. Put a stash of roasted blues in the freezer to save for those really stressful days and I’m ALL set.
    Thanks, Jessica! Enjoy your weekend!!

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — August 10, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    Is it 5:00 yet?

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    Kelly — August 10, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    This looks like the perfect drink. Right up my alley!

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    Kim in MD — August 10, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    This looks crazy delicious and so refreshing!

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    Devon | The Food Bitch Blog — August 10, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    This is not making my Friday go any faster… Sigh.

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    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — August 10, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    I have never roasted blueberries, just baked them in a pie. I can only imagine that they must taste wonderful!!! Your margarita sounds delish! Have a great weekend!!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — August 10, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    stunning images, Jessica! wow, I want to reach in and grab all the blueberries & take a huge swig of this!

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    Katie — August 10, 2012 @ 9:13 am

    Oh heavens yes. Fridays do indeed rule.

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    Ashley — August 10, 2012 @ 9:21 am

    Lovely…send one over and bring yourself as well.

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    Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen — August 10, 2012 @ 9:34 am

    I know blogging is your full-time job, so whenever you post a boozy recipe, I have to wonder if you made it during the day…and got to, you know, start drinking at like 11 a.m. And then I get jealous, because you clearly have the best job in the world.

    It’s 9:41 a.m. and I could tooootally go for one of these right now!

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — August 10, 2012 @ 9:53 am

    you ‘da bomb. Have you ever tried roasting raspberries? I did that once for biscotti. Good stuff.

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    Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — August 10, 2012 @ 10:06 am

    A-mazing. Loving roasted berries this summer!!

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    JulieD — August 10, 2012 @ 10:21 am

    I love this!! I still haven’t tried roasting blueberries yet…need to try it!

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    Adrienne @ Midwestern Belle — August 10, 2012 @ 10:30 am

    Umm, what an awesome way to say Happy Friday :) I’ll take one+ right now!

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    Erin — August 10, 2012 @ 11:10 am

    I need about 5 of these RIGHT NOW. Not kidding.

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    Cait's Plate — August 10, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    Roasting fruit takes it to the next level. There’s no such thing as going overboard with it if you ask me.

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    Carly @ Snack Therapy — August 10, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    It’s like a superfood smoothie! Blueberries and basil are both super healthy… and I bet limes are too. And tequila is agave, which is like healthy sugar. So there you go. Boom! Healthy.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — August 10, 2012 @ 12:09 pm

    I have tons of blueberries in the fridge, what a better way to end a Friday?!

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    Heather (Heather's Dish) — August 10, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

    probably the prettiest marg i’ve ever seen!

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    Mansee — August 10, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

    So clearly these look amazing and wonderful and all that is right in this world. BUT I really came over here to wish you a HAPPY NATIONAL SMORES DAY (!!!!!) with the hope that you are celebrating accordingly.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles — August 10, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    I’ve never really tried roasting blueberries….but for a margarita, I would totally do it.

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    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — August 10, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    holy crap!! is it 5 oclock yet?!!!? :)

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    joelle (on a pink typewriter) — August 10, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

    I need this.

    NOW.

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    Eileen — August 10, 2012 @ 2:58 pm

    Two words I never thought I’d hear in the same breath are definitely “roasted” and “margarita.” :) But these do sound amazing! I just hope there are still blueberries at the farmer’s market this weekend!

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    Bernadette — August 10, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    You are a god….. I’m obsessed with this blog

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — August 10, 2012 @ 3:57 pm

    What a beautiful looking drink!

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    Anna @ hiddenponies — August 10, 2012 @ 4:54 pm

    Makes one?? You tease :)
    I love roasted fruit – great idea.

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    Jennifer — August 10, 2012 @ 5:09 pm

    Made it! Loved it!

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    Marisa @Margaritas In The Rain — August 10, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    I have tried (and love) many of your recipes, but I have a feeling this one will soar to the top of the list. Thank goodness it’s Friday… I’m headed home from work to make this asap. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Annie @Annie's City Kitchen — August 10, 2012 @ 6:35 pm

    This looks to die for. I recently put some blueberries on a pizza so I know they certainly taste good roasted. And basil just makes it better. Basil always makes it better.

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    natalie — August 10, 2012 @ 7:40 pm

    I would say it is equally weird that you had the patience to roast them, and put the basil in there… but I am very confident that it came out super delicious, and offer my services as an official taste tester/crazyometer to let you know for sure ;)

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    Kristen — August 10, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

    One of these days, girl, we are going to have to get together for a cocktail party. Seriously. I love your creations!

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    Pretend Chef — August 10, 2012 @ 9:31 pm

    Looks so delicious! I’d be down for a cocktail party!

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    Amy's Cooking Adventures — August 10, 2012 @ 11:57 pm

    Love! And making asap!

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    tania@mykitchenstories.com.au — August 11, 2012 @ 7:14 am

    Wish I liked blueberries cause this looks so delicious

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    Jen @ Savory Simple — August 11, 2012 @ 8:20 am

    This sounds like such an amazing drink!!!

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    angela@spinachtiger — August 11, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    Love these glasses and what’s in them. Anything blueberry or blackberry with basil is a delight.

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    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — August 11, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    This just screams ladies night! HOLA!

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    MikeVFMK — August 11, 2012 @ 10:01 am

    Hi, my name is Mike. I have a margarita problem. I want to pour the first glass over my head and keg stand the second one. And third one. Genius. I’m only upset I didn’t come up with it first.

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    Ellen @ Wannabe Health Nut — August 11, 2012 @ 10:59 am

    Looks amaaazing! I did something last night you totally would not have approved of. Ordered a mojito—without the sugar! It actually tasted pretty good. And then I shoveled chips and guac into my mouth. :)

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    Kristen @ notsodomesticated — August 11, 2012 @ 3:26 pm

    Yessss!!! I asked you to serve me up a watermelon margarita a few weeks ago, but I suppose blueberry will work, too!! ;)

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    {oc cottage} — August 11, 2012 @ 8:39 pm

    very cool!

    m ^..^

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    Danielle — August 11, 2012 @ 9:53 pm

    these look beautiful! and delish!!

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    Shannon — August 11, 2012 @ 11:17 pm

    SO many feelings!! Looks so yummy!

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    Sharyn Dimmick — August 11, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    Basil is an herb. You’re close. And you probably don’t care after you down a few of these…

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    aimee & simon — August 12, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    Hi! We love your blog and wanted to let you know we nominated you for The Lovely Blog Award that is going around the food blog community right now. Don’t feel any pressure to play along but we love that it is connecting people to bloggers. You can find out about it by clicking on our blog! Congratulations! We love your posts and in particular this one as the photos are so vibrant and beautiful!

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    Ammie — August 13, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

    My sister in-law and I made these for our pool
    day on Sat. They were AMAZING!! Even though it was 115 outside we braved the heat of the oven & roasted the blueberries. Yum! We also subbed agave syrup for the simple syrup (just use half to sub) and added a little bit of diet tonic to stretch them a little bit farther. They will definitely be on our regular rotation now. :)

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