The Intoxicologist

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Find a Thrill with the Blueberry Hill

Inspiration often comes out of the blue at an unexpected time. While I am continually on the lookout for new liquors on the market and searching for hard to find ancient ones, sometimes an item catches my eye that is not in the liquor department at all. Occasionally an idea is sparked during an ordinary trip to the market while perusing the juice aisle.

A while back Smirnoff Vodka came out with blueberry flavored vodka. This was entirely new on the market and of course a must have to try in my test kitchen. It paired well with Caravella Limoncello, fresh lemon juice and bar syrup. However, bar syrup is not my first choice for flavoring a cocktail. It is nothing special after all, just sugar and water. There is no real flavor in it. Flavor means adding punch to something. An explosion of enthusiasm is what transforms a cocktail from corner bar weekday to nightclub Saturday night.

This infusion of flavor insight came from a tiny bottle of concentrated blueberry juice. WOW! Does this little bottle pack a punch?! Merely opening the bottle and shaking a quarter of an ounce of it in the shaker had the entire place smelling of fresh blueberries. With a few minor adjustments and tweaking of my original recipe, this cocktail indeed went from the monotonous everyday drink to an explosion of flavor.

Blueberry Hill

2 ounces Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka
1 ounce Caravella Limoncello
1/2 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/4 ounce Blueberry Juice Concentrate
Lemon Wheel, Garnish
Four Fresh Blueberries, Garnish

Place liquids in a cocktail shaker filled 1/3 full of ice. Shake 10 to 15 seconds until chilled thoroughly. Strain into a well chilled cocktail shaker. Garnish with a floated lemon wheel. Place a skewer of fresh blueberries across top of glass. Enjoy!

Blueberry Hill Thrill

2 ounces Smirnoff Blueberry Vodka
1 ounce Caravella Limoncello
1/2 ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
1/4 ounce Blueberry Juice Concentrate
Brut or Extra Brut Champagne
Lemon Wheel, Garnish
Four Fresh Blueberries, Garnish

Place liquids except champagne into cocktail shaker filled 1/3 full of ice. Shake 10 to 15 seconds until fully chilled. Strain into a well chilled cocktail shaker. Garnish with a floated lemon wheel. Place a skewer of fresh blueberries into the cocktail. Top off with champagne; about one to two ounces.

I used Dynamic Health Blueberry Juice Concentrate, 100% Pure, Kosher from organically grown blueberries found at Whole Foods Market for $8.99. This particular brand may also be found on the internet.

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