1) Make a fancy simple syrup
2) Make a fruit-based margarita
I knocked #1 out pretty quickly when I made a Rosemary Simple Syrup. We had some good times testing out different recipes using it. My favorite was the Rosemary Grapefruit Mimosa, while C was more partial to super-refreshing Rosemary Lynchburg Lemonade.
It's surprising how long #2 took to accomplish. Especially because I love margaritas and am always up for a challenge. But (and I blame this in part on Lynchburg Lemonade), I got on a really strong Bourbon kick at the start of summer, and all other spirits were left mostly ignored by me, including Tequila.
Until I saw this recipe on How Sweet It Is.
It was love at first look. I had to make them. And so I did.
It's times like these that I wish I was good at food photography. Because I was completely unable to capture how beautiful these really were. Rich in color, as well as in flavor. I had never roasted Blueberries before. Or put Basil in my margarita (or really in any drink that I can think of right now....) What I'm saying is: these pictures don't do this drink justice.
This thing was a home run, all the way.
Jessica, you are my current hero. I thank you, ma'am.
At the same time, make your simple syrup. 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water. Boil. And, oh yeah, add some basil in there too. I did about 5 BIG leaves. Honestly wish I would have done more. But boil until all the sugar is dissolved. I always boil it too long, but I like thick syrup.
With me so far? Good.
|Storing over night // Ready to go in the morning|
Now's the hard part: you have to wait for it to cool. I poured my (now)roasted blueberries into my (now)dissolved basil sugar water, and threw that in the fridge overnight as is. In the morning, I blended it together, then strained it.
The overnight refrigerating, and the straining, aren't necessary. They just seemed like the right thing to do. So I did it. And don't regret it one bit.
Once the syrup's ready, the fun begins!! Cointreau, Tequila, Lime Juice, salted-rim-type fun. I love every part of mixing a margarita. Everyone's tastes are different. (C likes more tequila, I like more Cointreau.) You just use the Roasted Blueberry Basil simple syrup instead of regular simple syrup (or Agave nectar, as I usually use.)
How Sweet It Is has a pretty rockin' margarita recipe. I'll just send you back over there to see it. Because, this is [after all] her recipe. I'm just your official taste tester ♥
Once the drink's mixed and poured, enjoy!
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