Saturday, June 20, 2009

blueberry margaritas

I had big plans last night. It has been a long week and I thought it'd be great to chill and sit outside and just enjoy the evening. Well, you know what they say about best laid plans?? I came home to a barricaded kitchen.

If you look, you can see the painter's tape blocking the far entrance. All the doorways are like this. We were given strict orders to not step on the tile for 24 hours. No problem. I'm willing to go stay in a hotel until this project is done if it will help expedite things. We started this phase of renovations in September 2007, I am more than ready to be finished. Not since pup #1 was born 11 days late have I waited so breathlessly for something!

So, what does that have to do with blueberry margaritas? Well, that had been my plan last night and they are kinda hard to do without a kitchen. So I will share them with you and wait until I can be the gourmand/mixologist extraordinaire once again until I enjoy one of my own. Blueberries are so very good for you. You can get your quota of booze and antioxidants all in one glass! Can't beat that! Really, here in Maryland blueberries are just coming on and they're popping up everywhere. We even had a small portion in our weekly CSA distribution. The grocery stores all have them on sale right now, so there's no excuses. It's fun to incorporate fresh seasonal ingredients in what you're eating and drinking. It has become very trendy on the bar scene to feature drinks made with fresh ingredients.

So try a blueberry margarita for me this weekend. The only thing blue I'll be drinking this weekend will probably be Blue Moons, since they are pop-and-go. I'll definitely be toasting y'all with a blueberry margarita just as soon as I'm able.

Blueberry Margaritas
2 ounces blueberry puree (see note below)
2 ounces tequila
1.5 ounces orange liquor (Grand Marnier or Triple Sec)
1.5 ounces fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon sugar
fresh blueberries for garnish
sugar or coarse salt (optional)

1. In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients, except blueberries, with ice. Shake thoroughly.
2. Run a cut lime along the serving glass rim; place glass rim in sugar or salt , if using.
3. Pour shaker contents into glass. Garnish with fresh blueberries. Serve immediately.

Note: For blueberry puree, pour one pint of blueberries into blender. Puree on high until liquefied and smooth. Depending on your preference and the sweetness of the blueberries, add a little sugar and puree again.

Bonus: You can use this basic recipe to make any *berry* margarita. If you're picky, you may want to strain the puree if you're using something like raspberries or blackberries.

Extra-extra bonus: This is for The Love of His Life, who will not drink tequila due to a very eclipsed weekend in Mexico during her youth but will suck down rum like it's water! (I keep good company!)

Blueberry Mojitos
10 mint leaves
10 blueberries
3/4 ounces simple syrup
1 1/2 ounces light rum
1 ounce fresh lime juice
2 ounces chilled club soda
Garnish: mint sprig and lime

1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves, blueberries and simple syrup.
2. Fill with ice. Add the rum and lime juice and shake well.
3. Strain into an ice-filled highball glass, top with club soda and garnish with mint sprig and lime.


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