Yes, we’re on a bourbon kick here. This time, I tried a little variation on this Blueberries + Bourbon recipe from Serious Eats, since it’s prime blueberry season and all. The cocktail requires simple syrup, which you can make easily with sugar and water if you don’t have (I didn’t)—just boil one part water with one part sugar, turn down heat and let sugar completely dissolve (stirring frequently) and cool to room temperature. Really, combining any variation of fresh berries, bourbon, sweetener and ice can’t be bad, but here’s what I used:
Ingredients (2 drinks):
Bourbon (3 oz, or roughly 2 shot-glasses full)
Blueberries (1/4 cup)
Fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup (1 part water, 1 part organic cane sugar)
Optional: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract; 1 teaspoon manuka honey (that’s the super-healthy and not-to-sweet kind of honey; I like to sneak it in where I can).
The Serious Eats recipe calls for mixing everything in a cocktail shaker, but since I don’t have one of those I decided to make a blended blueberry bourbon drink instead.
Combine blueberries, bourbon, simple syrup, juice from 1/2 large lemon and six ice cubes in blender. Add the vanilla and honey here if you want, too.
Pour mix over an additional ice cube or two and serve. Garnish with a few blueberries on a toothpick if you’re feeling fancy.
The photo at the top is from Serious Eats; my much more modest-looking cocktail (hmm, perhaps I should invest in some cocktail glasses) is to the left. And, no, um, of course I’m not drinking this at 3:30 p.m. … (oh, come on, it’s Friday).