Happy New Year! I hope yours is off to a fantastic start! For the last few months I’ve taken a break from posting my weekly cocktail recipes, but I thought it would be fun to get back in the swing of things and start the start the year off with a new martini. This blueberry vodka martini is made with an organic blueberry-lemon syrup, sweetened with local honey. It reminds me of the freshness of Spring – wildflowers, sunshine, warm afternoons and cool evenings. Here’s to longer days and the perfect cocktail to get us through the rest of winter!
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for the blueberry syrup:
(makes enough for two cocktails)
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup organic blueberries, washed
1 thin slice of organic lemon zest (approx. 2 inches long)
Place the water, honey and blueberries in a small sauce pan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring, for 1 minute, then remove from the heat and gently mash the blueberries with the back of a spoon. Add the lemon zest and set aside until cool.
When cool, strain through a fine mesh sieve and refrigerate until ready to use.
for the martini:
2 oz. high-quality vodka
1 oz. blueberry-lemon syrup
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
blueberries, for garnish
Place the ice in a cocktail shaker. Add the vodka, blueberry syrup and lemon juice and shake quickly until cold. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with fresh blueberries.