I am not a big drinker. It’s rare that I finish a glass a wine at dinner and I rarely order a “cocktail”. With that said, when I do invite friends over for dinner, I like to have a little cocktail on hand for those that simply want one.
Seeing a lot of fruit infused vodka on Pinterest sparked my interest to create a red, white, and blue cocktail for the 4th of July. Seeping the blueberries in the vodka for 36 hours, creates the most amazing scent. For lack of a better word, the smell was intoxicating.
When I do indulge in a cocktail (I much prefer to eat my calories), it’s generally something slushy, fruity, and not overly alcoholic. Grabbing the last of the Meyer lemons from my tree, I made a huge batch of Molly’s raw honey lemonade. Making something slushy was what I was craving. Tossing the lemonade and some ice in the blender, this frozen lemonade and blueberry cocktail was created.
I wanted to use the blueberries as garnish, but didn’t want them simply floating in the glass. Grabbing a handful of small wooden sticks, I skewered them and then put them in the freezer for about an hour. After the fact, I thought how yummy these would have been if I would have sugar coated them like I did these cranberries…there is always next time!
I make a lot of homemade “sodas”. There is always something fresh in the fridge, like this, this, and this. When the kids see these bottles filled with colored liquid (they add their own bubbly water), they help themselves. Didn’t want them grabbing this by mistake. Needed to cover my basis – marking the bottle was a must.
Freezing fresh, organic, summer berries and fruit from the farmers market is my newest obsession. I see many more fruit and vodka combos in my future (and yours)!
Blueberry Infused Vodka + Frozen Lemonade Cocktail
for the flavored vodka:
14 ounces Vodka (I used Kettle One)
1 cup fresh, organic blueberries
for the cocktail:
2 tablespoons flavored vodka
2 tablespoons bubbly water
12 ounces Molly’s Raw Honey Lemonade
for the vodka:
• wash and dry the blueberries.
• put blueberries in a 1 quart Ball jar.
• fill jar with Vodka.
• tightly place lid and let rest for 24 – 36 hours
• strain vodka into another vessel. save blueberries and freeze
• pour 2 cups of lemonade in a blender.
• add 2 cups of ice and blend. I may have used more ice as I like my drinks very, very slushy. it’s one of those things that one needs to eyeball.
• in an 8 ounce glass, add the flavored vodka and the bubbly water (this is my new favorite). mix together.
• add frozen lemonade to the glass and mix. garnish with frozen blueberries and a straw.
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