A Blast From the Past: Creamy Blueberry Lemonade Martini

by Pamela

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I made blueberry infused vodka last year and posted the recipe for this creamy blueberry lemonade martini. It’s been a summertime favorite around our house ever since. I thought that I would re-post the recipe, since it’s blueberry season and all, and you could make up a big batch of your own blueberry vodka and shake up a blueberry lemonade martini for yourself.

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 that bottled blueberry vodka from the store.  The next addition was lemon infused vodka (truth be told…it’s the first half of my limoncello that I still haven’t gotten around to finishing – so as of now, it’s lemon infused vodka).  That being said, you could make this martini with limoncello in place of the lemon vodka, if you like. But I was still looking for something else and decided that a creamy element would make this vodka martini recipe a little richer and a bit more elegant.

blueberry infused vodka recipe

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. Okay, it packs more than a bit of a punch (Especially since I used my lemon infused vodka that was made with 100 proof vodka. Don’t judge. That’s how you make the first half of the limoncello recipe. Mine just never quite got diluted down with the simple syrup part.) Whatever.

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Recipe: Blueberry Infused Vodka

Summary: Makes Approximately 1 Litre of 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(after straining the vodka), 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. If that doesn’t seem to do it, or you really want to be sure that all of the solids are removed, you can do the second straining through a coffee filter. Just pre-wet the filter with water before straining (so you don’t lose all that precious vodka). This will just take a very long time to strain this way. But it’s thorough. You may also go through a couple of filter straining all this liquid.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

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Recipe: Creamy Blueberry Lemon Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 Ounces Blueberry Infused Vodka
  • 3 Tablespoons Lemon Infused Vodka (or lemon flavored 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 minute(s)

Cooking time:

Diet type: Vegetarian

Number of servings (yield): 1

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

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3 comments

Lori @ Intoxicology101 July 14, 2012 at 5:46 am

Never really played with Thyme in drinks, going to have to give this one a try. Cheers

Pamela July 14, 2012 at 7:13 am

The thyme in this blueberry vodka is really quite subtle, and most wouldn’t taste it. But I’ve made it without and it does taste different. I’m a bit of a sucker for thyme in lots of things. Try a sprig of it in a gin cocktail. It plays really nicely.

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