I had a bunch of leftover blueberries following the Fourth of July and after making endless smoothies with them, I thought maybe an end of the work week cocktail was in order. I had also just bought two new bar tools, a spherical ice cube maker and a cocktail sieve, and was anxious to use them, so that was just another excuse for a cocktail.
I decided that I wanted to use whiskey and went to the Internet for inspiration where I came across this recipe from My Fiance Likes It, So It Must Be Good. Using that as a jumping off point, I created my own cocktail, but mostly stuck to her recipe.
2 large handfuls of blueberries
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
2 1/2 ounce of Bourbon*
2 strips of lemon peel for garnish
Mason jar glass or wide mouth glass
Prior to juicing your lemon, using a vegetable peeler, or a sharp knife (carefully), peel your lemon into long strips and reserve them for garnish.
Muddle the blueberries at the bottom of a martini shaker along with the simple syrup and lemon juice until all that you have left of the berries is mostly skins. Add bourbon and ice to shaker and give it a good shake until you get a nice froth.
Fill your Mason jar with an ample amount of ice, or in my case a spherical ice cube, and place the sieve over your glass and strain the cocktail through the sieve. You may need use the muddler to press the cocktail through the sieve since the berry skins may clog the sieve.
Holding the lemon strip skin side down towards the glass, squeeze the edges upwards and together, expelling the lemon oil into the glass. Place the lemon strip, standing upright in the side of the glass, and repeat with the second strip.
Now congratulate yourself for your efforts with a nice big sip. Cheers!
* Note, since this cocktail takes a bit of blueberries and a second to muddle them, I upped the bourbon to get the most bang for your hard work. That, and as I was muddling the berries, I realized I only wanted to do this once (but it was worth it).