Friday, July 15, 2011

Blueberry Bourbon Cocktail



Happy Friday guys! 

Anybody planning anything fun for the weekend?

We have a meeting with a potential caterer tomorrow, so we're really excited about that!  Just another thing to check off the list you know?

And after the somewhat crazy week we've both had, I think one of these cocktails will definitely be in order as well!

But first, don't forget to vote in this week's bi-monthly poll...




Ingredients:



1 to 2 shots bourbon (we used Maker's)
1 cup blueberries
juice from 1 lemon
zest from 1 lemon
1 tablespoon maple syrup, divided
2 tablespoons sugar

We had gotten a bunch of blueberries from our CSA in the past couple of weeks, so I needed to make use of them - and what better way than to make a cocktail?

Start with about 3/4 cup of blueberries.  Muddle them down in a cocktail shaker (or bowl if you don't want to dirty two cocktail shakers) - you could strain them if you'd like, but I was kind of lazy so I went for a "rustic" cocktail.

Add in bourbon, lemon juice, 1 teaspoon of maple syrup, and a dash of sugar.  Shake for a good minute or two.

Mix the lemon zest with about a tablespoon of sugar (more if needed) on a flat plate.

Brush the rim of a mason jar with maple syrup and dip in lemon zest/sugar mixture.

Fill the mason jar with ice and some leftover blueberries.  Pour the bourbon cocktail into the jar and garnish with a lemon slice.  Enjoy!

What a way to celebrate the weekend right?


What's your favorite Friday night cocktail?

41 comments:

  1. This looks fantastic. I know what I'm doing with my extra blueberries next week!

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  2. Good luck with the caterer!! It's so nice to get all of that stuff decided :)

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  3. You said bourbon and I was here like a shot (no pun intended!). I think this might be my cocktail tonight!

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  4. Cool drink! My son-in-law drinks Makers Mark - I will forward this to him!

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  5. This looks yummy.. I have to try this :D

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  6. This looks so delicious!! Love the mason jar :)

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  7. I am planning to enjoy this fabulous drink you posted here!

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  8. This sounds perfect for a hot summer weekend!

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  9. Excellent way to bring in the weekend. ;) Is it just me or does a drink always taste better in a mason jar? Mmmm....this means I would use my Tigger & Pooh jelly jar as my shot glass.

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  10. I love the idea of adding maple syrup to a cocktail instead of simple syrup! I bet it's great with bourbon and blueberries. Can't wait to try it!

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  11. Holy heaven in a Ball jar. I adore all things mason jars, so when I saw this on Foodgawker, I had to check it out. I now have something special planned for my handled jars this weekend. Move over, sweet tea...

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  12. This sounds amazing! I love bourbon, and would love it with fresh berries as a cocktail to kick off the weekend!

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  13. You had me at bourbon. Great drink!

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  14. Wow Peggy, you are really tempting me with this drink, really great for the weekend on a Saturday.

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  15. Love this; it must go down realy smooth.
    Rita

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  16. Love blueberries in all my desserts, and pancakes, not have tried it in a cocktail...must be a really good Kentucky Whisky to blend with. The only one I know is Southern Comfort, which I have not made cocktails with in years!!!
    Lovely photos, and cocktails!
    Cheers!!!

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  17. It looks pretty and sounds delicious!

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  18. I'm embracing my summer drink on too! Love the photos and the cocktail!

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  19. that sounds like such a fun cocktail, I love blueberries and we certainly have a lot of them this time of year. Thanks for such a tasty creation!

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  20. A perfect Friday night drink! Looks a relaxing drink as well :)

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  21. Yum. Perfect for a hot summer day! The blueberries really add something extra too.

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  22. I needed this several ays ago very badly! Will keep the recipe in the liquor cabinet to have it handy :)

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  23. This drink would be perfect for a post-house cleaning Sunday afternoon! Too bad none of the liquor stores are open in Cayman on Sunday...boo! Teach me not to stock bourbon... Buzzed!

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  24. Yum!! Great idea for your abundance of blueberries!! Perfect for a warm weekend of indulgence, hehe.

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  25. Oh my, yes, please...I'll have a double! That drink sounds so good!

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  26. It sounds nice! Thanks for the post!

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  27. I love mint mojitos during the summer months, but this cocktail looks pretty close to perfect. Thank you for sharing another beautiful recipe. I hope you had a lovely weekend, and I hope you have an even lovelier week. Many blessings and much love...

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  28. The addition of fruit is always a plus for cocktails...love how summery and refeshing this must be!

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  29. How did the meeting with caterer go? I don't drink, but blueberry in alcohol is interesting!

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  30. Cool drink! looks yummy.. I have to try this.

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  31. for some reason, I've been really enamored with blueberry-infused drinks lately so these are exactly my kind of thing! Super yum.

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  32. YES please! Sign me up for some of these! We're hosting an online seasonal potluck and July is blueberry month! If you'd like to link your recipe, we'd love to have you! http://bit.ly/eLlgG2

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  33. I am mostly interesting recipes. I love to learn to different recipes. If you have details about new recipes then please share with us.

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  34. Sounds sweet. I don't see how the taste of the blueberries--a very mild tasting fruit--can possibly be detected over bourbon and lemon.

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  35. I love the glass... nothing like partaking of a favored adult beverage from a Mason jar.

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  36. What a great idea! I love blueberries and I wish my CSA will send me some when summer comes next year. I didn't get any this past year. Organic blueberries are actually difficult to find in the Bay Area. I've talked with local farmers about that, and found out the local climate is not suitable for growing them. Who would have known! Anyways, great recipe! =)

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  37. This is a very carefully managed blog. It makes me want to sign up for the RSS feed =)

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  38. Definitely gonna mix that up tonight !! Love Makers!!

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  39. Thanks for the helpful post!

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  40. I usually have my bourbon plain, but this I love blueberries and think I may give this a try. I used frozen blueberries because that's what I had handy and this changed the overall taste a little bit. I also used brown sugar instead of regular sugar and this upped the taste considerably.

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