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.
There once was a BBQ sauce that dreamed of becoming a margarita. Everyone raised a skeptical eyebrow but the BBQ sauce didn't mind and continued to pursue its dream.
It wasn't long before word began to spread that a new margarita was in town. Then everyone raised two eyebrows cuz HOLY MOLEY that BBQ sauce margarita was darn tasty.
This blueberry margarita is actually the result of some crazy tasty barbecued chicken, PBS TV, and talented chef and restaurant owner Vivian Howard.
Vivian Howard is my chef inspo. And I absolutely LOVE her show A Chef's Life. From her active participation and strong values for sourcing local and sustainable foods to her creative and ingenious dishes, her ability to open a restaurant while juggling marriage, motherhood, and life with twins, being 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 in her career all while in front of a camera she is a force to be reckoned within the food community. And she makes a mean Blueberry BBQ Sauce (aka Blue Q Sauce).
After learning about Vivian's Blueberry BBQ Sauce on an episode of her show, I've been dying to try it out. A surprise trip to Kinston, North Carolina for a birthday dinner date at Vivian's restaurant, Chef and the Farmer, brought me miles closer (thank you hubby, you know me so well ☺️) to the origin of the Blue Q.
I'm convinced that I need to live next to Vivian's restaurant so I can go to it for all of my birthdays and then convince her that we should be mom friends who cook together every day. Totally not weird, right? Yes? No? Maybe? Check a box.
Vivian, if you're reading this I'm a total fangirl, but not a crazy one. Really. And I love your restaurant. And your TV show. 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?
But when all else fails, just Google what you are searching for and you're bound to find it, like Vivian's epic BBQ sauce recipe which she has so kindly shared across multiple websites. I had a Snoopy & Charley Brown happy dance moment.
I roasted a chicken smothered 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. It sounds fancy and you might impress people with your mixologist terminology.
So let's add some shrub to our drinks and raise up our Blueberry Margaritas for a toast. A toast to talented chefs that inspire and a toast to never looking at BBQ sauce the same again. ♡
Recipe frequently asked questions
To ensure that your drink is gluten-free make sure you purchase tequila that is labeled "100% agave." Some cheaper brands of tequila contain gluten and will be labeled as "mixto" versus "100% agave." Cointreau Triple Sec is naturally gluten-free as it is made from the distillation of sweet and bitter orange peels and blended with natural alcohol, sugar, and water.
If you were to compare a margarita made with high-quality alcohol and one made with cheaper alternatives, you would definitely taste the difference. Don't go through the effort of making this drink to wind up disappointed. Stick with the ingredients suggested in the recipe.
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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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