Infused Vodka and a Blueberry Pie Martini Recipe

by Pamela

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We have been going crazy around here with the fruit this summer…neither of us can seem to get enough of it and I also admitted that we have become the royal house of lush.  I guess you could call us a couple of fruity booze hounds.  Whatever!  It’s summer time and for a change, we are both able to somewhat enjoy the summer.

For all of the cooking that I do, I am a food blogger you know….I somehow am not quite able to get the fresh fruit I buy cooked into anything.  Not a single blueberry has made it into my mom’s blueberry pie recipe, peaches aren’t making it into cobblers or crisps and cherries….well,  those did manage to find themselves in a black forest cake as well as some maraschino cherries and one other surprise item.  But the summer fruit has pretty much been consumed as is.

The Mix Master General (that would be Craig) has been playing around with the contents of our liquor cabinet.  Okay, it’s more like a liquor closet but shhhhh don’t tell anyone.  He’s been playing around, a lot, with vodka martini recipes.  He doesn’t mess with the gin martini recipes, make that recipe…that’s sacred.  But vodka is one of those liquors that is chameleon like, which makes it a lot of fun to work with.  Vodka takes on the flavor or flavors of what it’s mixed with.  For the most part, any vodka that we have is just plain vodka.  The only flavored version that we use is vanilla  which is a necessary ingredient for the dessert martini.  Craig played around with sweet and savory martini recipes, but just couldn’t get one that either of us liked.

I finally decided to take matters into my own hands.  I picked up some blueberries, I bought a rather large bottle of vodka, I found a large canning jar and set out to make my own infused vodka – with fruit.  Finally, some of this summer fruit was going to be made into something.  Pure genius, I told myself, as I set out to combine the two things that both Craig and I were partaking of this summer and putting them together into one harmonious package (yes, it’s okay if you need to excuse yourself to hurl…I just did).

Three days later I had created a spectacular blueberry infused vodka that could be turned into a simple blueberry martini (and not one using that fake blueberry vodka) or a gimlet (I highly recommend this btw).  Of course, I had to take this one step further.  I was still somewhat embarrassed that I had not made a blueberry pie yet this summer.  Enter the blueberry pie martini.  I used a recipe that we had for a key lime martini and substituted the blueberry vodka for the key lime liqueur.  You really must try making your own infused vodka while summer fruit is at its peak.

Relationship Advice

It’s really simple today.  We’ve had a particularly draining week and the next couple are going to be even busier.  This weekend is being spent enjoying the nice summer weather (we’re finally getting here in LA).  We’re sitting around the fire pit with blueberry pie martini’s, taking naps and cooking easy to prepare meals together.  My suggestion is…you should do the same.

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Blueberry Infused Vodka Recipe

Makes 1 Liter

Ingredients

  • 1 Pound Blueberries (washed and picked over for bad berries)
  • 2 Pieces of Lemon Peel (peel the lemon with peeler so there is no pith attached – that’s the white stuff)
  • 4 Stems of Fresh Thyme (optional)
  • 1 Liter Plain Vodka (you do not need to use uber expensive vodka for this)

Directions

  1. In a clean, air tight jar, smash the blueberries.  (You need to smash them so that the vodka can penetrate the skins and get all the flavor out.)
  2. Add the lemon peel and thyme.
  3. Pour the vodka over the top.
  4. Seal the jar and shake it up to distribute the lemon peel and the thyme.
  5. Set the jar in a cool place.
  6. Gently turn the jar end over end and side to side once a day for 3 days.
  7. On the third day it’s time to strain and bottle your blueberry vodka.
  8. Pour the contents of the jar into a large strainer that has been placed over a bowl or pitcher.
  9. Gently push on the solids to get most of the liquid out.
  10. Throw away the solids.
  11. Line a funnel with a double layer of cheesecloth.
  12. Pour the blueberry vodka slowly through the cheesecloth into the bottle (you can use the original vodka bottle for this).
  13. Cap up the bottle and let it sit overnight.

If you see solids in the bottle, the next day, you’ll need to repeat the cheesecloth straining process.  You don’t want solids left in the bottle, but a second strain should be all you will need.

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Blueberry Pie Martini Recipe

Makes 1 Martini

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Ounces Vanilla Vodka
  • 2/3 Ounce Blueberry Vodka
  • 2/3 Ounce Rose’s Lime Juice
  • Crushed Graham Crackers

Directions

  1. Pour the vanilla vodka, blueberry vodka and rose’s lime juice into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake well.
  2. Dip the rim of the martini glass into either water or Rose’s lime juice.  Then dip it into the crushed graham crackers.
  3. Strain drink into glass and garnish with 2 blueberries if you like and serve.

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34 comments

Roma July 15, 2011 at 12:31 am

LOVE the idea of making your own infused vodka. I’m curious, though, why you use Rose’s lime juice instead of fresh limes in the martini recipe?

Pamela July 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

Hi Roma,

I use the Rose’s lime juice because it adds just the right amount of sweet and tart to the drink. Adding fresh lime juice doesn’t add the touch of sweetness that’s needed in the drink. If you taste the 2 side by side you’ll see what I mean. (I originally was going to just use fresh lime, but it just didn’t work quite right.) I hope you enjoy the cocktail. You’ll LOVE the blueberry infused vodka.

Out of the Box Food July 5, 2011 at 10:40 am

That looks amazing! I’ll definitely be trying this w/some of the blueberries we picked this summer! Thanks for sharing!

Sara August 29, 2010 at 7:33 pm

I guess I thought infusing vodka would be this incredibly difficult feat. Silly me. I can definitely do this, especially if it means I can drink pie-inspired martinis. Hello? We could make great drinking pals.

Pamela September 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

The infused vodkas are so delicious you’ll be hard pressed to drink those pre-bottled concoctions ever again. Plus – super simple!

SMITH BITES August 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm

This is one I’ve got to try! ThePeche has me hooked on Cherry Sidecars but this is a must – and love the new look!!

Pamela September 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Wait until you see my cherry infused booze recipe. ;)

Baking Serendipity August 28, 2010 at 8:09 pm

I can honestly say I’ve never thought to rim a glass with graham crackers! What a great idea :) That martini looks great!

Chef Bee August 28, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Love vodka martinis. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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Chef Dennis August 26, 2010 at 6:12 am

What a wondeful drink, a Blueberry martini sounds great!! I also love the blueberry vodka, I am not a gin fan and this sounds so much better!

Cookin' Canuck August 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm

This is going to be my Friday night cocktail. So pretty!

lisaiscooking August 25, 2010 at 6:13 am

Your homemade blueberry infused vodka sounds fantastic all by itself, and the martini with vanilla vodka is dessert in liquid form!

marla {family fresh cooking} August 25, 2010 at 4:49 am

Love the update to your blog graphics! So fresh and fun. Your blueberry martini looks refreshing and flavorful….glad to read you are getting out and enjoyed the last days of summer!! xo

Nancy August 24, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I could really use one of these about now!! I’ve never infused vodka but now I have GOT to try this – beautiful photo and the relationship advice is spot on!!!

Pamela August 25, 2010 at 2:52 am

Thanks Nancy! It was great seeing you Saturday. I wish my latest batch had been ready and I would have brought some for everyone to try. It’s so good!!!!

Lynne @ CookandBeMerry August 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm

That is one gorgeous drink and beautiful photo. I’ve never infused spirits, but now I’ll be able to give it a try. Thanks for the recipe.

Pamela August 25, 2010 at 2:52 am

Thanks Lynne – that means a lot to me coming from you…your pictures are so amazing.

sippitysup August 24, 2010 at 9:43 am

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Jen Cheung August 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

fabulous idea :) thanks for the great idea!!!

have a good day!!
jen

Lucy August 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

Delicious – and GENIUS – I’m definitely doing a peach infused martini ‘cobbler’ following your lead

Pamela August 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I can’t wait to see this. I’ve got peaches that were going to take a couple of spa days in a different kind of alcohol.

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle August 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

Just when I think I’ve found the most amazing new summer drink with a Cherry Sidecar; you have to give me this. Graham cracker crumbs…what a unique and cool switch from the norm of sugar or salt!

Looks and sounds fabulous; wish you were here or I was there to do a real taste trial!

Pamela August 23, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Oh, this blueberry vodka is spectacular! I’ve got another enormous batch working right now.

Betty @ scrambled hen fruit August 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm

This I need to try! (Both the infused vodka and the blueberry martini.) I love the crushed grahams!

The Cilantropist August 21, 2010 at 11:20 pm

This sounds fabulous, and looks even prettier! :)

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