Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas.

I don’t know which is weirder.

That 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.

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

What?

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

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


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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]

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