Here at Consumatorium labs, we are dedicated to the research of the finest cocktails that anybody can make. Recently, a friend asked for suggestions for drinks made with blueberries, which are now fresh, local and readily available here in New England. I did some web searching and came up with a few suggestions, including the Blueberry Smash on the Absolut web site. The drink sounded great, but after making it, I thought it could be a lot better. The key here is that the blueberry taste gets drowned out by most other flavors, so the ingredients need to be subtle. After half a dozen variations were consumed – scientific method and all – here is the Consumatorium version of the Blueberry Smash.
- 2 oz Vodka (I used Ketel One)
- 1/4 oz Lemon Juice
- 1 Handful (scientific measurement) or about a dozen fresh blueberries
- 3/4 oz Simple Syrup (1:1 sugar and water, I used store-bought)
- Lemon peel and a couple of blueberries for garnish
First, pick some fresh blueberries. This is science, after all, but feel free to buy lab-tested fruit at the store.
Strain into a cocktail glass. Some blueberry skin will inevitably get into the glass. Don’t sweat it, it adds to the presentation. Then, garnish with a couple of blueberries and a lemon peel, making sure the oils from the lemon go into the glass as you cut your lemon slice (yes, it makes a difference).
It sounds like a lot to do, but it literally only takes a couple of minutes to make this drink. And did we mention that it’s delicious? Now that’s science helping mankind!