The Blue Season At Rogue Spirits

Rarely do people think of blueberries and booze. For whatever reason, there aren’t many well known blueberry cocktails. At Rogue Spirits, we think it’s time for a change.

Maybe that’s because Oregon is one of the top blueberry growing states in the US. During summer, whether we’re in the grocery store, or browsing a farmer’s market, we can’t help but notice those delicious blue pearls.

Oregon blueberries for sale at the Portland Farmers Market. Photo by Arria Belli.

Oregon blueberries for sale at the Portland Farmers Market. Photo by Arria Belli.

This also happens to be the 99th Anniversary of the blueberry. Blueberries have grown in the wild for a lot longer than that, but it was 99 years ago this month that a couple of clever folks in New Jersey figured out how to grow a commercial blueberry crop. That’s something we think is worth celebrating.

Blueberry cocktails are simple to make, and easy to enjoy. Here are some of our favorites.

Blue Lagoon

Ingredients:

Fresh blueberries
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 oz. Rogue Spirits Hazelnut Spice Rum
Ginger ale

Preparation:

Cover the bottom of an old-fashioned glass, or mason jar, with blueberries. If you’re using a smaller glass, add a second layer. Then add the lemon juice and brown sugar. Muddle until the sugar is dissolved. Try to break the skin of the berries to release the juice, but not so much that they turn into pulp. Add crushed ice, rum, ginger ale and stir.

From Liquor.com

From Liquor.com

The Ol’ Blue Eyes

Ingredients:

12 blueberries (defrosted if using frozen berries)
4 tablespoons Rogue Spirits Spruce Gin
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 tablespoons ginger ale

Preparation:

Put the blueberries, gin and lemon juice in a bowl. Muddle everything together, or give it a quick run through a blender. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice cubes. Top with the ginger ale and stir. Garnish with mint leaves and blueberries.

Blue Skies Above The Clouds

Ingredients:

6 blueberries
3 oz. Rogue Spirits Oregon Single Malt Vodka
Splash Rogue Soda Citrus Cucumber

Preparation:

Fill a glass with ice cubes. Add vodka and garnish with blueberries. Add splash of soda and garnish with more blueberries. Stir.



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