Roasted Blueberry & Blackberry Margarita with Basil Simple Syrup

Roasted Blueberry & Blackberry Margarita with Basil Simple Syrup

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  • Roasted Blueberry & Blackberry Margarita with Basil Simple Syrup
  • If there’s one thing that our neighborhood does right, it’s throw a party! Every year on the 4th of July we have a block party with the neighbors on our street. It started as a small event where everyone brought a few beers, some chips, and we let the kids play with sparklers. Fast forward 6 or so years and now we have a full-on spread of homemade delicious food, creative drink mixes, and this year we even brought out the real-deal-light-up-the-sky fireworks!
  • For this year’s 4th of July festivities I wanted to bring a drink that would give our party an extra punch. Originally I had plans for something light and bubbly, maybe a Prosecco based drink, but I just wasn’t sold on the idea. Then I remembered the bowl full of blueberries that my mom gave me from her garden. They seemed like the perfect ingredient for our Independence Day celebration, because “blue”berries are patriotic, don’t ya’ think? That’s how this Roasted Blueberry & Blackberry Margarita with Basil Simple Syrup was born!
  • July 4th was a hot summer day and those little blueberries were just begging to go for a swim in some tequila… who am I to deny them of that? 😉 But before they could make a splash in some spirits, I popped them in the oven to roast for a few minutes, until they began to burst. Have you ever tried roasting berries? It’s amazing how a little time in the oven can really enhance their sweet, juicy flavor.
  • The bright, summery roasted berries combined with the fresh, clean basil simple syrup made for an unforgettable flavor combination. Toss in a few premium liquors and you’ve got yourself one heck of a party-worthy margarita!
  • Our neighborhood block party is always a highlight of the summer for us, and this year was no exception. We spent hours catching up with our neighbors (and meeting a few new ones too)! Everyone nibbled on tasty party food, sipped margaritas, and waited for the sun to set so that the real fun could begin.
  • Of course, by “fun”, I mean fireworks! A few neighbors got their hands on the good fireworks this year, the kind you can’t find here in Maryland. We all watched in amazement as the ginormous fireworks lit up the sky over our houses. I think we were all secretly praying that our roofs didn’t catch on fire in the process! Luckily nothing burned that night (except for the hot dogs- sorry Bob, we’ll be teasing you about that for awhile)!
  • We enjoyed this Roasted Blueberry & Blackberry Margarita with Basil Simple Syrup for the 4th of July, but it would be a great addition to any summer celebration. This recipe is easy to make but is sure to impress your guests. If you want to send it over the top and knock their socks off, rim the margarita glasses with some Meyer lemon sea salt. You’ll have them thinking your Martha Stewart in no time! Cheers!
  • Roasted Blueberry & Blackberry Margarita with Basil Simple Syrup
  • (makes a pitcher of margaritas- perfect for a party!)
  • INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries (plus a few extra for garnish, if desired)
  • 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
  • sea salt, just a pinch
  • 1 cup of water
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 10 basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups of tequila
  • 1 1/2 cups Grand Marnier
  • 2 oz orange liqueur
  • 5 limes, juiced
  • Meyer lemon sea salt (for rimming the margarita glass)
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