In Season: Blueberries

I love berry-picking season.  We usually try to get out for both the strawberry season and the blueberry season, but this year strawberry season passed us by, so we headed straight to the blueberry patch.  My favorite place to pick blueberries is something of a worst-kept secret spot.  You have to hike through sometimes treacherous terrain to get to the patch (at least treacherous for a three-year old who loves to run!), but once you reach the mountain-top clearing with its gorgeous view, you’re happy you made the trek. 

We picked about two quarts (don’t forget you also have to hike out!), but I’m pretty sure my daughter ate about a quart during our outing.  When we got home we decided to freeze about a third of the blueberries, eat another third, and make something with the last portion.  My six-year-old was intent on making a blueberry drink, and we decided on blueberry lemonade.  After everyone got their fill of  the pink drink, I decided to play around with it as a mixer for a cocktail, and the Blueberry Lemonade Martini was born.  Delicious, refreshing, and perfect for summer.

Blueberry Lemonade & Blueberry Lemonade Martini

1/2 cup of fresh blueberries

1 quart lemonade

Place the blueberries in a mini-prep food processor with about 1/4-1/2 cup lemonade.  Puree until smooth.

Place a fine-mesh sieve over a bowl or large measuring cup and strain the blueberry puree through it to remove the skins.  Use the back of a rubber spatula to press it through and get out ALL the juice.

Add the bright pink blueberry liquid to the rest of the lemonade and stir to combine.

To make a martini, add 1 oz vodka (I used Citron Vodka) and 2 oz blueberry lemonade to a cocktail shaker filled with ice.  Shake and pour into a martini glass.  Garnish with a few whole blueberries.

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