Creamy Blueberry Lemonade Martini

by Pamela

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According to the calendar, it is officially summertime and in my book that means it’s lemonade time.  I posted an adult frozen lemonade earlier also known as that insipid Ronald McDonald’s got nothing on me (but adult frozen lemonade is shorter name).  But now it’s time for that favorite summer beverage in a little more traditional form.

Oh who am I kidding.  I don’t do much of anything in a traditional way.  So of course this blueberry lemonade takes a few zig zaggy turns on its way to yummy-ville.  (Okay, maybe I shouldn’t drink the cocktail while I write the post.)  But it is really delicious.

Blueberry lemonade has been a popular drink for quite a long time and the addition of vodka just makes it any one of one hundred or so blueberry martinis that are out there floating around.  So I couldn’t just leave it at that.  Forget adding blueberry vodka to your glass of lemonade just so you can call it one of your “famous” vodka martini recipes.  There’s a little bit more to this cocktail than that.

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I started with my blueberry infused vodka recipe that I made last year.  Since it’s blueberry season, you can make this incredible tasting vodka yourself – it’s really easy and tastes so much better than those bottled blueberry vodkas that are out there.  The next addition was lemon infused vodka (truth be told…it’s the first half of my limoncello that I haven’t gotten around to finishing – so as of now, it’s lemon infused vodka).  But I was still looking for something else and decided that a creamy element would make this vodka martini recipe a bit richer and a bit more elegant.

Even though there is a creamy element to this cocktail, it’s not heavy.  The blueberry and lemon flavors keep this light and fresh tasting.  But the creamy element will keep you from guzzling this.  Which is also a good thing because this, like most vodka martini recipes, is pretty much all alcohol – so it packs a bit of a punch.

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Recipe: Blueberry Infused Vodka

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)

Instructions

  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 of the ingredients.
  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.

Quick notes

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.

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

Cooking time:  0 Minutes

Number of servings (yield): 12

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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Recipe: Lemon Infused Vodka

Ingredients

  • 10 Lemons
  • 1 750 ml High Proof Vodka

Instructions

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the lemons. There should be no pith on the peels. To remove the pith (that’s the white stuff on the yellow part of the peel) scrape it with the back of a knife.
  2. Put all of the peels into a sealable glass jar and pour the vodka over the peels.
  3. Seal the jar and store in a cool place.
  4. Shake the jar every day for a week.
  5. Using a cheesecloth lined strainer, strain the peels from the vodka.
  6. The vodka can then be poured back into the original vodka bottle.

Preparation time:  15 Minutes

Number of servings (yield): 12

My rating 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)

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Recipe: Creamy Blueberry Lemonade Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 Ounces Blueberry Infused Vodka
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Infused Vodka
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Half and Half
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Caster Sugar (superfine sugar)
  • Sugar (for rimming the glass)

Instructions

  1. Pour the blueberry and lemon infused vodkas, along with the half and half into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add in the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Wet the rim of a martini glass and dip the edge into sugar.
  4. Add ice to the cocktail shaker. Cover and shake vigorously.
  5. Strain the drink into the martini glass and garnish with a lemon twist.

Quick notes

If you don’t have caster or superfine sugar you can make it by putting sugar into your food processor. Process until the crystals are fine but not yet powder.

Variations

In place of the lemon infused vodka, you could use a bottled lemon vodka. The flavor will be slightly different, but it will work. You could also use limoncello in place of the lemon infused vodka. If you do this, eliminate the addition of the sugar – since there is plenty in the limoncello. Also note, that this will make the cocktail much sweeter.

Preparation time:  5 Minutes

Cooking time:  0 Minutes

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

My rating 5 stars:  ★★★★★ 1 review(s)

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21 comments

Sunni July 22, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Seems a shame to throw away the crushed berries. Surely they could be used in something. Dessert? Ice cream topping?

Pamela July 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

Sunni –

I get where you’re coming from on the berries. You could probably play around with them a bit to come up with a decadent ice cream topping. But using them as is would be really POTENT, since they’re full of vodka.

foodwanderings July 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm

Gorgeous pic miss you!! Stunning just lik eyou!

Pamela July 25, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Awww….thanks, you’re too sweet Shulie.

Laura July 3, 2011 at 6:57 pm

It’s 120 degrees here in Phoenix, Arizona, but I think I got 10 degrees cooler just looking at this post. So chilly and so delicious looking! I love the idea of using thyme in the blueberry vodka.

Pamela July 4, 2011 at 8:39 am

120 degrees!? UGH! I haven’t been to Phoenix, in the summer, in a few years but I do remember some of those days.

Yes, one of these blueberry lemonade’s would certainly take the edge off of that heat.

Try and stay cool.

Susan in the Boonies June 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

We made the blueberry vodka this weekend, my girlfriend and I, and we tried the blueberry pie drink, but since we didn’t have the Rose’s lime juice, we weren’t real excited about the product. With just blueberry vodka, and her homemade vanilla vodka, it was more like cough syrup.

I will forward this link to her (I had to fly home, so the vodka is in her freezer, not mine), so she has another drink she can try with the concoction we made.

Pamela June 28, 2011 at 7:09 pm

I’ve never done homemade vanilla vodka. I usually use Smirnoff vanilla vodka. The Rose’s lime juice really cuts through the heavier flavors while adding just a touch of sweetness. I’m sorry it didn’t taste like you had hoped.

btw…if you use the partially completed limoncello be prepared to be knocked on your ass by the drink. Since limoncello recipes call for grain alcohol or 100 proof vodka…it’s a pretty stiff drink. ;)

Anne June 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm

I’m the friend with the quart of blueberry vodka in my freezer. I think it’s okay, but needs to be part of a mixed drink.

Pamela June 28, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Yeah, it definitely needs to be in a mixed drink. It’s not a shooter kind of thing. It would also make a yummy Cosmo. ;)

Susan in the Boonies June 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm

I’m still optimistic that this blueberry infused vodka really is good stuff, but we just didn’t have the right mixture in our glasses that night. I can see where the Rose’s would have added the tang that it needed. Our drinks were just too heavy on the sweet: our fault! Not your recipe’s! That’s like not liking a Thanksgiving turkey because you failed to do one little step: roast it. Ha!

Priscilla - She's Cookin' June 26, 2011 at 10:16 pm

You must have a stockpile of infused vodkas in your pantry, if you need to blow out some inventory, let me know :)

Maureen June 24, 2011 at 10:28 pm

I don’t normally go for a martini but who could resist this one? It looks magnificent. As long as someone would fill my glass I’d drink until I fell over. (it wouldn’t take more than a glass or two)

Jennifer June 24, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I’m with Dorothy. Your picture is amazing! I want one… now!

Lori June 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

Not only is this beautiful, it sounds wonderful! How much would I have to pay you to drive up here and deliver some of those infused vodkas? I’d like one of these today :-)

Pamela June 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Thanks Lori. Hmmmm…I’ll have to think about that offer. Maybe a bottle or two of wine. C’mon down and I’ll share.

Dorothy at Shockinglydelicious June 24, 2011 at 9:33 am

I want this based on the photo alone!

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