(More) Adventures in Blueberry

I know my cocktail experiments have become a bit of a broken blueberry record, but I just love the stuff!  I’ve got a whole Tupperware full of this wonderfully rich and sweet syrup and I’m just hell bent on working it into as many drinks as possible.  A few days ago I happened upon the “My Fair Lady” cocktail via the One Martini website — apparently, there are a few different fair lady cocktails going around, but this one features:

  • 1 heaping tablespoon blueberry syrup
  • 1-1/2 ounces gin (I used Barr Hill Gin)
  • ⅓ ounce fresh lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon absinthe

I didn’t have absinthe but advanced anyway.  This was very good and balanced — the blueberry scent was present but didn’t become overly tart.  Nothing special, but not a bad drink for sitting outside and reading on a warm day.

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Today I went with a bit more powerful spirit – the Picnic Blanket, found on Jezebel’s awesome cocktail website Boozinette.  I love the illustrated guides and recipes:

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz blueberry syrup
  • 2 dash orange bitters
  • 2 dash Peychaud’s bitters

I didn’t have any Peychaud’s handy when I first came up on this recipe but managed to find some at a local ABC store — good job Virginia.  This drink was a little too bourbon-strong especially in the beginning.  The recipe brags about burying the bitterness of the berry, but I found that somewhat disappointing.  The bourbon also overwhelmed any complexity I was hoping for from the combination of bitters.  I’m glad I gave it a whirl but this wasn’t a favorite.

And yes, I know how many B-words I employed in this entry.

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