there is a fantastic little organic blueberry farm right down the road from the restaurant.  A few months ago, Susan of Bow Hill Blueberries contacted me about creating cocktail recipes for their juice hang tags and cocktail kit card.  This juice is amazing and a bartender's dream. i jumped at the opportunity.  here some of the fruits of a great collaboration. 

photos courtesy of amelia stier 

 

Azul

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This is a cool cocktail.  it MAKES THE SAYING "COOL AS A CUCUMBER" MAKE A LITTLE MORE SENSE...or, at least THE MORE of them YOU HAVE, the less it sounds like a stupid saying. (DISCLAIMER: THE LAW OF DIMINISHING RETURNS DOES KICK IN AFTER A CERTAIN POINT and yelling at cucumbers may ensue).  

THERE'S A LOT GOING ON HERE, BUT IT ALL WORKS IN A, "let's finish up this yard work and go buy a hammock" sort OF WAY.

WITH REPOSADO TEQUILA & white balsamic AT ITS CORE, and a blueberry salt rim - IT'S earthy, SPICY, salty, tangy & full on REFRESHING ALL AT THE SAME TIME. 

 

French 75b

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The original French 75-invented circa WWI- had a ton of gin in it and supposedly got its name because drinking one felt like getting shelled in the gut with a French 75mm field gun.  

The 75b has less gin, a little elderflower liqueur, and -of course- some cold-pressed blue goodness...the perfect blend of aromatic, effervescent, sweet & tart, this one feels more like catching 75 big fluffy snowflakes on your tongue...with a lot less effort.  

 

Holiday SanGria

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A twist on the traditional Spanish style wine punch.  Perfect for holiday entertaining, this versatile recipe can be served hot as a mulled wine, or over ice as a refreshing aperitif.  

The key is the festive flavor that comes from first making a quick and easy spiced simple syrup.  Using cold pressed blueberry juice as the fruit component puts it over the top.  

There's just enough booze in it to make your grandma's fruitcake slightly jealous and keep the party festive.

 

Violet Fizz

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ONE OF THOSE CLASSIC NEW ORLEANS brunch cocktails, A GIN FIZZ IS A FAVORITE OF OVERACHIEVING, AND THE BANE OF UNDERACHIEVING BARTENDERS.  TO BE COMPLETELY HONEST, THIS DRINK IS A PAIN IN THE ASS.  

MY VERSION TAKES GIN, CITRUS, A CHICKEN, A COW, A FLOWER, NEARLY 80 BLUEBERRIES AND SOME SERIOUS MUSCLE TO PRODUCE ITS RICH, VELVETY SMOOTH ELEGANCE.  A WELL MADE FIZZ IS TRULY A THING OF BEAUTY.  DOE-EYED restaurant  BRUNCHERS SWOON AS IT SAUNTERS BY.  A clamor OF "WHAT THE HEll WAS THAT?"  IS LEFT IN ITS WAKE UNTIL A DELUGE OF FOMO ORDERS LEAVE THE BARTENDER -AND HIS FULL LOT OF SHAKERS- A FROTHY MESS.  

DAVID WONDERLICH OF ESQUIRE MAGAZINE SUMs UP THIS FUSSY COCKTAIL'S POETICISM BEST:  

"TO SIP A RAMOS FIZZ ON A HOT DAY IS TO STEP INTO A SEPIA-TONED WORLD PEOPLED WITH SLIM, BROWN-EYED BEAUTIES WHO SMELL OF MAGNOLIAS AND FRESHLY LAUNDERED LINEN, AND TALL, MUSTACHIOED GENTLEMEN WHO NEVER SEEM TO WORK AND WILL KILL YOU IF YOU ASK THEM WHY."


the bOld Fashioned

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WHEN YOU COME FROM WISCONSIN, YOU DON'T TAKE CRAFTING AN OLD FASHIONED LIGHTLY. this is serious business.  

rye whiskey, maple syrup & blueberry juice blend seamlessly to form a luxuriously spicy, semi-sweet base while a subtle bitter punch from orange and aromatic bitters offers the intriguing contrast.    

Best drunk in a flannel robe and slippers...preferably at home.  grab a book and an extra log for the fire

 

Blueberry Basil Martini

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i love the way the herbal notes of basil play nice with  sweet tangy blueberries.  i started making this drink with bow hill blueberries years before they started making the juice.  i would get 4 flats of berries, flash-boil them with simple syrup, lemon juice and a little riesling to make a thin puree.  it was a hit from the start and probably one of my most popular cocktails of all time. 

When the cold-pressed juice came around, it not only simplified my process, but made the drink much more pure and elegant.  this is a great, fresh tasting cocktail perfect for fall, but  with the bottled juice and live basil so accessible in markets these days, it's easy to make year round.

a few pickled blueberry passengers sailing a basil leaf boat top it off.


True Blue.Berry Tea

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there aren't many blueberry drinks out there in classic bartender guides.  one notable exception is the blueberry tea, which actually contains no blueberry or blueberry flavored ingredients.   it's one of those sleight of hand bartender concoctions that relies on the alchemy of several ingredients to morph into something seemingly completely different. granted, a classic blueberry tea only kind-of tastes like blueberries.

while brainstorming cocktails for this project, the old phrase, "don't bring a knife to a gun fight" came to mind.  paying homage to the original recipe and adding real juice, the layers of blueberry flavor are amazing.  serving it in a snifter concentrates all of the aromas in your nose holes.  this is a great winter warmer.

 

Lavender . Vodka . LeMonade

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sometimes simple is best.  just grab a handful of lavender from the yard, a bottle of juice & a lemon from the fridge,  and you've got yourself a tasty refreshing mocktail perfect for a hot Summer afternoon. 

if the chores are done and you're feelin' groovy, add some vodka and pour the blueberry juice in last for that lava lamp look.

 

    

 
 
 
 
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