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Blueberry Smash for Friday Cocktails!

Blueberry Smash Cocktail from Bon Appetit

by Barbara Kiebel on June 29, 2012

I spied this cocktail while thumbing through a recent issue of Bon Appetit magazine and it sounded perfect for summer with berries, citrus and St. Germain (San-Jer-Man), an all-natural elderflower liqueur produced in France. If you have not tried St. Germain, it’s a lovely liqueur (and that includes the bottle; it is gorgeous) that is made from processing fresh, handpicked blossoms of the elderflower found in the Alps. It has a wonderful floral nose with hits of pear, peach and grapefruit zest so it’s a great pairing with many fruits, champagne and in this case, vodka.

As often happens I knew when I saw the recipe I would love to make it but I had none of the ingredients available save for the liqueur so I anticipated it would happen at a later date. You know what happens with those don’t you? Too often they never happen; an article or idea will get filed away to only be forgotten.

Why was this cocktail so lucky? Call it providence that I received my bi-weekly box of produce from Door to Door Organics just a few days after reading the article. Even though I have the option to tailor what I get in my delivery; without fail I forget what I’ve ordered and it’s always a surprise when I open my box. It’s like a gift to myself each and every two weeks! This week included beets, watermelon, nectarines, blueberries, lemons and limes…it was meant to be don’t you think?

Not unlike a mojito, it requires a bit of smashing. If you don’t have a muddler then just use the end of a wooden spoon; the more flavor you can extract from the fruits the better. This cocktail was everything I had hoped for. It is simply summer. Berries, citrus and vodka combine with the St. Germain and create a cocktail that is perfectly balanced with a definite citrus edge. Not overly sweet, it’s just right!

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Perfect in the heat of summer; this cocktail is filled with fruit but is not an overly sweet cocktail; just overly good!
Serves: 6-8 Servings
Ingredients
  • 2 lemons, sliced into rounds
  • 2 limes, sliced into rounds
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) fresh mint leaves plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1½ cups vodka
  • ¾ cup St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)
Instructions
  1. Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, coarsely mash lemon and lime slices, blueberries, and mint leaves in a large pitcher. Stir in vodka, St-Germain, and 2 cups of ice cubes.
  2. Divide drink among coupe or highball glasses; top with more ice cubes. Garnish each drink with a mint sprig.

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1 Barb July 23, 2012 at 10:57 am

Your drinks look so good.

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2 Denise July 10, 2012 at 10:41 am

This drink looks so refreshing. I’m going to work on getting the proportions right for a single serving. Any ideas? I live alone and on weekend evenings I like to have a cocktail if I’m not going out.

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3 Creative Culinary July 10, 2012 at 10:52 am

Well, it would be easy to halve and since there is nothing in the mixture to go flat, I would just save the remainder (without ice) in the fridge for a day or two for a second cocktail!

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4 Kathy Laurienti July 6, 2012 at 10:22 am

I can’t wait to try this tonight. I love the thought of elderflower liquer.

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5 Creative Culinary July 6, 2012 at 5:07 pm

It is so good Kathy; sort of a new favorite of mine. One day I’ll convince you to make this HUGE trek to the burbs and I’ll make something just for you!

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6 Brian @ A Thought For Food July 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

I totally meant to comment on this when it went up… I have been thoroughly enjoying mashing blueberries into my cocktails recently… I even like it with my bourbon :-)

Hope you have a happy 4th!

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7 Creative Culinary July 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

I love them smashed…and that cocktail I would make with other berries too. I’m just trying to make sure I get my fruit each day. :)

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8 Lindsey July 1, 2012 at 10:52 pm

Where do you get your St. Germain at?

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9 Creative Culinary July 2, 2012 at 9:43 am

I’ve found it on the shelf at Heritage Liquors near me in Greenwood Village which is a good size store but once I did get a smaller shop to order it for me. Some stores might not carry everything but often if you ask a manager you can have them order it for you.

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10 Katie July 1, 2012 at 4:38 pm

It’s such a pretty color. I keep falling in love with cocktails in pretty colors.

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11 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I think summer has gorgeous cocktails because we can use fresh, seasonal fruit Katie. Come back tomorrow…a pretty watermelon Mojito for the 4th!

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12 Baker Street June 30, 2012 at 1:52 am

LOVE the name of this delish cocktail! I’m sure it will be everything I hope for too! Love your pictures, Barb!

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13 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 11:23 am

Thanks so much…I not only love the name but I love the smashing; seriously for some reason I love to ‘muddle’ stuff for cocktails. The aroma is intoxicating!

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14 Terra June 29, 2012 at 7:53 pm

It definitely was meant to be! What a fun flavorful drink, and it really sounds refreshing in the heat of Summer:-) Hugs, Terra

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15 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

Refreshing it is. So funny how cocktails I just love in the summer would seem too frilly in the winter; it’s a time for fruits and fizzes if you ask me!

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16 Ansh June 29, 2012 at 3:59 pm

I know what I am asking my in house mixologist to make for me tonight :)) And I am hoping my share of lemoncello is still safe :))

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17 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 11:22 am

Did he do it? Tomorrow…thought not Friday (duh) I’m posting a watermelon mojito…get yourself some watermelon girl…this ones good!

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18 Suzanne June 29, 2012 at 11:50 am

You are so gifted, wow, those drinks look and sound wonderful. Very very nice!!

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19 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 11:21 am

Aww…what a sweet compliment. I have the easy part…I just have to construct what someone else did…and then doggone I have to drink it. :)

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20 Paula June 29, 2012 at 8:19 am

This looks almost too pretty to drink but still in all, I don’t think I’d have any problem downing a few!

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21 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 11:20 am

I have to really remind myself with some of these cocktails…don’t forget there really is booze in there Barbara…they are so easy to drink! Loved this one; very fruitalicious and not too sweet.

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22 Hannah June 29, 2012 at 8:00 am

Oh, I love this cocktail! St-Germain with champagne is my favorite summer cocktail…actually anything with St-Germain. I can’t wait to try this one (and I’ll be sure the recipe doesn’t get filed away…I’ve done that too many times). Beautiful photos!

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23 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

Isn’t St Germain wonderful; it’s a relatively new find and quickly became a favorite of mine too.

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24 Ken│hungry rabbit June 29, 2012 at 7:45 am

Cheers! This totally reminds me of my favorite Blueberry Martini from Maine.

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25 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

Now of course I want to make a blueberry martini, you know that right? Cheers to you too Ken!

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26 Maureen @ Orgasmic Chef June 29, 2012 at 6:14 am

This would be a drink I would very much enjoy. I don’t know why but I love drinks I have to muddle. I always want to be the one making the mojitos.

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27 Creative Culinary July 1, 2012 at 11:18 am

You made me chuckle…me too! Maybe it’s that aroma that wafts from the mixture before pouring in anything else? This is really perfect for summer; I can see substituting other berries for the blue ones too!

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