I guess I’ve pigeonholed myself. I suppose that I deserve it for making (writing about) drinking my hobby. At this point, I’m no longer surprised when I’m asked to make a drink for a party as my contribution. I was honored to do so for a longtime family friend’s baby shower recently.
The color scheme being blues and yellow, a matching drink was requested. I did my best with a Blueberry Mojito made with Cruzan Rum … because I refuse to try my hand at a cocktail using Blue Curaçao. (Thought I’ll say that some local bartenders are starting to use it more … and not doing it badly.) While I thought the drink (which was the only alcoholic beverage served) would be plenty for the afternoon party, it was gone in 45 minutes!
1 cup fresh, washed blueberries (plus more for garnish)
4oz Cruzan Rum
8-10 fresh mint leaves
2 teaspoons mint simple syrup
6oz club soda
To create blueberry puree, blend blueberries until smooth. Add rum, mint syrup, lime juice, blueberry puree, and ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until combined. Pour over ice and top with club soda. (Optional: Garnish with blueberries, mint leaves, and a lime wedge or curl.)
TIPS: To batch out this cocktail, I combined the ingredients in a drink dispenser and allowed guests to garnish it themselves. To keep the mint crisp, keep the stems in ice water. Puree and syrup can be prepared in advance.
Aged: 2 years in American oak casks
Proof: 80 (40% alcohol)
Nose: light coconut
Flavor: vanilla with a slight banana finish
Sipping/serving suggestions: in cocktails
Price: ~$12 for 750mL
Drink dispenser purchase from WalMart for $5!!!!!!