A refreshing blueberry margarita that is perfect for summer as well as a beautiful festive drink for the holidays. Features Vivian Howard's blueberry "Blue Q" sauce combined with freshly squeezed lime juice, Cointreau Triple Sec, and Don Julio Tequila Blanco.
Happy belated Thanksgiving friends!
Did you have a nice turkey vacay? Have you finished off all your leftovers? Is it just me or do ya feel kinda sad inside when the leftovers are gone? Every Thanksgiving there's so much angst over what to cook, all the prepping and grocery shopping and then when the big dinner moment arrives...it's over in 15 minutes and Uncle is passed out in a turkey coma on the couch.
Buuut, if you host Thanksgiving, you usually end up with ALL the leftovers. And that makes all the prep and cooking sooo worth it. Leftovers for days and days. Lunch, dinner, love love love. The leftovers must be why Thanksgiving weekend is extra long. Eat, sleep, eat, sleep, eat, sleep...and then leftovers are gone (enter sad music), time to go back to work.
Here. Have a drink.
Especially if you are one of the brave souls that does your holiday shopping in real stores versus the I'm-still-in-my-pajamas virtual shoppers. Is there an equivalent road rage term for holiday shoppers? Ya know the shoppers with the tense facial shopping face thing going on. They're shopping but it seems like they are also part of some sort of secretive speed walking competition from one deal to the next. Maybe they're just trying to shed some Thanksgiving pounds OR maaaeeebeee they just need a drink.
Check out this pretty Blueberry Margarita friends. It all started with some chicken and PBS TV. Do you watch PBS?! I have a serious tv watching issue when it comes to PBS shows. Maybe because we don't have cable. 100% antenna basic channels baby. I'm pretty sure I'd still be glued to PBS even if I did have fancy TV though. I'm cool like that. But my in-laws have Netflix too. Yep, still living with my in-laws. Don't ask. Just give me a Blueberry Margarita.
Anywayz...PBS is my fave.
Downton Abbey -> LOVED IT. PBS, please tell me, will there be a Downton Abbey Returns? Let's make it happen. Right away. Please.
Poldark -> Did you watch the season finale this last weekend?! Why does PBS only give us 10 episodes and then we have to wait until next September for the next season? So cruel to make us wait so long. Do you think it's true that Elizabeth will never come between Ross and Demelza again? Sigh...
A Chef's Life -> I ❤❤❤ this show. Vivian Howard is my chef inspo from her active participation and strong value for sourcing local and sustainable foods to her creative and ingenious dishes, and her ability to open her own restaurant, be a mom of twins, a wife, an active and involved chef in the cooking/foodie community all while publishing a cookbook and sharing her personality and thoughts through the best and worst of times during her career in front of the camera (that was a lot to say in one breath). And she makes a mean Blueberry BBQ Sauce (aka Blue Q).
After seeing her Blueberry BBQ Sauce on an episode 2 years ago, I've been wanting to try it out. Then my sweet Bae surprised me last summer with a birthday trip to North Carolina for a bday dinner date at Vivian's restaurant Chef and the Farmer in Kinston. My Hubby is awesome. Duh. And Vivian's restaurant should move closer to me so I can go to it for all my birthdays and convince her that we should be mom friends in a non-weird be my friend way. That does sound weird though doesn't it. Yes? No? Maybe? Check a box. Vivian if you're reading this I'm not weird. Really. And I love your restaurant. And your TV show on PBS. And in all of my mid-thirties birthday excitement I left your restaurant without remembering to buy a bottle of your Blueberry BBQ Sauce. Can we still be friends?
So did you guys know that Google is like really good at finding stuff like THEE recipe for Vivian's Blueberry BBQ Sauce!!! I had a Snoopy & Charley Brown happy dance moment. Apparently Vivian has shared the recipe with a bunch of internet people. She's so nice like that.
Okay back to the chicken. Did you remember the chicken? I was going to tell you about the chicken but then we started talking PBS and birthday trips. So I made a roasted chicken that was smothered all over with Vivian's Blueberry BBQ sauce and it was dreamy and sweet and delicious. Exactly what I was hoping and dreaming it would be. And maybe I ate some of the sauce by the spoonful while the chicken was cooking. And maybe the sauce secretly whispered to me that it wanted to be in a drink too, and not just on chicken. Since it would be sort of weird to tell you I think you should put BBQ sauce in a mixed drink and since I'm totally NOT weird like that (I promise Viv I'm not...may I call you Viv?), I'm not going to say that I think you should put BBQ sauce in your drink. Instead let's just call it a blueberry shrub (fancy mixologist terminology cuz I be so fan-say like that) and let's put some shrub in your drink.
Wanna try a Blueberry Margarita? Yes, obviously. Especially since it looks so festive for the holidays right?
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The Blue Q Sauce is adapted from talented chef and owner of Chef and the Farmer Vivian Howard's Blueberry BBQ Sauce recipe. Learn more about Vivian's story on the origins of the Blue Q Sauce and her recipe. Vivian's Blueberry BBQ Sauce is also available for purchase.
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