There are few cocktails that really stand out to me. This is one of the few.
There’s this pizza place here that serves a real doozy. They had it on special for a while then took it away. BIG MISTAKE. I was in mourning for months. We went there a couple weeks back, and some new guy was suggesting a cocktail they are bringing back permanently to their menu. All he started to say was “earl grey infused-” and I blurted out “vodka with blueberry and elderflower?!” like a crazy person. Which is assumed on the usual, so I guess I’m accustomed to it. Anyway, this drink is a pleasure and a half. I can’t remember what they call it, but it’s gooooood. Earl Grey infused vodka, St. Germain, lemon and blueberry, and they garnish with a REAL maraschino cherry. I sip it as slow as I can.
WELL, we’re going to semi-recreate this cocktail. And with Mother’s Day tomorrow, your mama could use a drink. So, make this fancy beverage for her, and she’ll be super impressed with your bartending skills.
First order of business, infusing the vodka. Any mediocre-second-shelf-from-the-bottom vodka will do. Most websites will suggest 6-24 hours of steeping, but no more than a day, because it will start to turn bitter. Ain’t nobody got time for that. (Okay, okay, some people do, but I’m impatient.) Well, my boyfriend is super smart (mostly why I date him), and poured about 3 ounces of vodka with one tea bag in a glass (you can use a pitcher and several tea bags if you feel like doing a large batch), and covered it with plastic, setting it out in the sun for an hour. Does the trick nicely. You get an aromatic and beautifully colored liquid, the base for this cocktail.
Side note: When you think elderflower liqueur, you think St. Germain. Well, I do anyway. And I don’t know if you’ve ever purchased this from your friendly neighborhood liquor store, but they proud of it. $41.99, at the store I went to. Thank goodness for another brand piercing the elderflower liquor market, cuz sitting right next to it was St. Elder, $19.99. Sold.
Another side note: I didn’t add any simple syrup to this recipe. I figured it tasted pretty good without it, but if you like it sweet, you know the drill: equal parts water and sugar, microwave or stir in a small pot on the stove until dissolved. Add as desired.
Aaaand another side note: I don’t believe there was any champagne in the cocktail I’m cheating off of, but I always think adding a little bubbly makes everything better.
Okay. Let’s do this.
(I’m really bad at thinking up names for stuff, so for the sake of this post, let’s just call this Tipsy Earl.)
Tools needed: tumbler, pint glass, muddler, jigger or shot glass for measuring, Boston strainer, serving glasses
Earl Grey infused vodka 3 oz.
Elderflower liqueur 1.5 oz.
Blueberries 6 oz.
Lemon 1 ea.
Ice as needed
Champagne 8 oz.
1. Squeeze a quarter of the lemon into the tumbler, followed by a good handful of blueberries. Muddle away, until you’ve mashed them blueberries good. (If you’re adding simple syrup, now would be its cue.)
2. Pour in the vodka and elderflower liqueur, add ice and cap the pint glass to shake well.
3. Strain off into your serving glasses. Top with champagne and garnish with lemon slice and a few blueberries.
4. Sit back and drink slow.
And there you go! My favorite drink. And hopefully yours (or yo mama’s) favorite, too. Until next time, make good choices and eat everything.
P.S. As you can see, I am limited on politically correct or appropriate cocktail glasses, BUT WHO CARES IT’S JUST A VESSEL FOR MY ALCOHOL.
P.P.S. That’s my puppy in the last picture. ISN’T SHE CUTE.