It’s National Blueberry Month! Try a few of our blueberry cocktail recipes!
Now at first it may seem weird that we have a National Blueberry Month, but if you look back at history an entire month dedicated to this tiny superfood makes perfect sense. Blueberries are indigenous to the North American continent. Native Americans ate them all year round and in all forms. They would dry them in the sun to save for their winter soups or crush them to flavor and preserve the meats they made into jerky, use the roots and the leaves of the blueberry bush to make medicine, and of course just enjoy them whole (blueberrycouncil.org). The antioxidants, vitamin C, manganese, and fiber helped them survive the harsh winters. It is even said that they gave the first pilgrims a bunch of blueberries to help them survive their first winter.
Perhaps you wonder why it is National blueberry month if they were so essential to surviving the harsh winters. Late summer is the middle of the blueberry harvest season in North America. Farmers in all 38 states that grow blueberries commercially will be harvesting their crops throughout the month of July and August (blueberrycouncil.org).
So, without further ado here are two blueberry cocktail martinis to celebrate this magnificent and nutritious berry.
Blueberry Cocktail Recipe: Sofa King Berriful
¾ oz Stoli Strawberi
¾ oz Stoli blackberry
Heavy drizzle of funkin blueberry
Splash cran-apple juice
Funkin blueberry is just a blueberry puree. If you cannot find this or another puree made at your grocery store, check out this link for a simple way to make your own. http://whatscookingamerica.net/Sauces_Condiments/BasicFruitPuree.htm Add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. I like to garnish this with a lemon wheel for a pop of color and of course some blueberries on a skewer.
Blueberry Cocktail Recipe: Sticky Tini
2 oz stoli sticki
1 oz lemon juice
¾ oz simple syrup
½ oz funkin blueberry
Sugar for the rim of the glass
Rim half a martini glass with sugar and add the splash of sprite to the bottom. Add the remaining ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a martini glass. I garnish this drink the same way as the Sofa King Berriful because it is essentially a lemondrop martini with honey vodka and blueberries.
By Krystle Turkington for Happy Hour Pal