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
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.
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.
Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas
- 2 ounces Grand Marnier
- 1 1/2 ounces Tequila
- 2 ounces lime juice
- 2 1/2 ounces blueberry basil simple syrup
- sliced lime + fresh blueberries and basil leaves for garnish
- salt + sugar for the rim
- 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.
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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.
93 Comments on “Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas.”
oooh, can I come home from work today to this?!
I blame you for making want alcoholic beverages at 7 in the morning. Blueberries & basil? That counts as breakfast, right?
This is the perfect way to end a Friday!! Beautiful, can’t wait to make it tonight!
“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!!
Is it 5:00 yet?
This looks like the perfect drink. Right up my alley!
This looks crazy delicious and so refreshing!
This is not making my Friday go any faster… Sigh.
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!!
stunning images, Jessica! wow, I want to reach in and grab all the blueberries & take a huge swig of this!
Oh heavens yes. Fridays do indeed rule.
Lovely…send one over and bring yourself as well.
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!
you ‘da bomb. Have you ever tried roasting raspberries? I did that once for biscotti. Good stuff.
A-mazing. Loving roasted berries this summer!!
I love this!! I still haven’t tried roasting blueberries yet…need to try it!
Umm, what an awesome way to say Happy Friday :) I’ll take one+ right now!
I need about 5 of these RIGHT NOW. Not kidding.
Roasting fruit takes it to the next level. There’s no such thing as going overboard with it if you ask me.
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.
I have tons of blueberries in the fridge, what a better way to end a Friday?!
probably the prettiest marg i’ve ever seen!
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.
I’ve never really tried roasting blueberries….but for a margarita, I would totally do it.
holy crap!! is it 5 oclock yet?!!!? :)
I need this.
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!
You are a god….. I’m obsessed with this blog
What a beautiful looking drink!
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Makes one?? You tease :)
I love roasted fruit – great idea.
Made it! Loved it!
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!
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.
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 ;)
One of these days, girl, we are going to have to get together for a cocktail party. Seriously. I love your creations!
Looks so delicious! I’d be down for a cocktail party!
Love! And making asap!
Wish I liked blueberries cause this looks so delicious
This sounds like such an amazing drink!!!
Love these glasses and what’s in them. Anything blueberry or blackberry with basil is a delight.
This just screams ladies night! HOLA!
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.
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. :)
Yessss!!! I asked you to serve me up a watermelon margarita a few weeks ago, but I suppose blueberry will work, too!! ;)
these look beautiful! and delish!!
SO many feelings!! Looks so yummy!
Basil is an herb. You’re close. And you probably don’t care after you down a few of these…
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