Here is the scenario: Lovely sunny day with time on our hands and a plan to meet up with friends. Berry picking? Great idea. The kids are all happy to pick and taste blueberries, content to wander among the bushes to seek the ripest berries, buckets in hand. (Note that there is no holding hands and skipping because that would be obnoxious). Sounds nice, eh?
Now cue the snakes, boys pelting each other with berries and later my daughter loudly describing the snake’s poop (probably scared out of the poor thing) to all at the check-out stand. Ah, now that’s a typical summer afternoon.
But it was fruitful because I now have ingredients for a wonderful cocktail: blueberries we picked with our own hands, rosemary clipped from my own pots, and maple syrup…poured from a bottle. Sorry, no syrup-making trees in our parts. Intriguing ingredients made it worth hauling out the blender for this one.6 ounces bourbon or Cognac (I used Metaxa brandy) 6 ounces blueberries, plus 4 blueberries, each skewered on a rosemary sprig, for garnish (optional; see picture) 6 ounces Maple-Rosemary Syrup 4 ounces fresh lemon juice 3 cups ice
In a blender, combine all of the ingredients except the skewered blueberries and blend until smooth. Pour the drinks into chilled rocks glasses and garnish. Makes 4 drinks.
4 rosemary sprigs 6 ounces pure maple syrup
Combine ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high power until hot, about 30 seconds. Let the syrup cool, then discard the rosemary sprigs. Transfer the syrup to a jar, cover and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. Try on pancakes or French toast, too!
While normally not a lover of blended cocktails, I make an exception for this one because it is darn tasty. Plus, it has the added novelty of including an actual microwave in the directions. How easy is that? Considering that a friend just sent me instructions on how to hard boil eggs, I think we can all see how I was drawn to this one.
*The Blueberry-Maple Caiprissimo was created by mixologist Adam Seger and was featured in Food & Wine’s Cocktails 2009. No snakes were harmed (tangibly) in the making of this post.
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