Several years ago, as in before Kyle and I were even engaged, we made these lemon and blueberry cookies from Giada de Laurentiis, and they are still some of my favorites. We don’t make them often at all, but we’ve made them a handful of times over the years, and they are just delicious. Also, I feel like they are full of memories of that time when we were early in the game of living together.
This drink was totally inspired by those cookies and that time in my life. I get rather weepy in the winter, and in this wild time of my life with school and work and everything else, its nice to step back and remember how things used to be. I’m always up for some nostalgia, and those cookies just take me back.
Our good friends Maggie and Jacob gave us this awesome bottle of citron vodka for Christmas, and while I’m not normally a vodka person, this is the exception. First of all, it’s Kettle One. Secondly, lemon is my favorite. Having this in my kitchen got my cocktail wheels spinning, and I was trying to think of a creative way to use it. Combine that with my nostalgia-loving self, and you’ve got this lemon and blueberry concoction.
The first thing you need to know about this recipe is that lemon and blueberry goes perfectly together. Citrus and berries are longtime BFFs, so if you’ve never tried them together, now’s the time.
Let’s do this.
1/2 cup blueberries, mine were frozen
fresh juice from 1/2 lemon
zest from 1 lemon
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
Kettle One Citron Vodka
Combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and bring to a simmer. Add the zest and lemon juice and stir for a couple of minutes. Add the blueberries and let simmer for 5 minutes. Squish the berries with your spoon as they cook down. Strain the mixture into a heatproof container and discard the berries and zest.
To make the drink, add 3 ounces of the lemon-blueberry syrup, 3 ounces of vodka and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and shake for about 5 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and drink up!
This cocktail is easy to multiply for parties because it’s just a 1:1 ratio. I love the color of this cocktail, and I think it’s perfect for a girls’ night party, or to pair with some of those lemon-blueberry cookies.
What is your favorite drink right now? Have you ever come up with your own cocktail? (Jungle Juice doesn’t count.) Leave me a comment!