Happy Friday, and welcome back to the Little Yellow Kitchen’s Relaxation Station!
If you’re still confused about what the Relaxation Station is, in short, its where I, Mix Master Pearl, drop by the LYK to show you how to reward yourself for making it to the weekend. I know this week was pleasantly interrupted by Independence day, but I think by Friday we are all still in need of a refreshing cocktail.
So, I should probably be honest… despite my diatribe above about surviving the Monday through Friday grind, I actually spent my week on the beautiful beaches of Ventnor, New Jersey.
I came for my annual Fourth of July trip to see family, waste away my days laying on the beach, and eat all the amazing treats New Jersey has to offer! One of my favorite things to do while I’m here is take advantage of the fantastic produce that grows here. Last year, I put Jersey tomatoes to good use and drank home made Bloody Mary’s like there was no tomorrow. This year I just couldn’t get enough blueberries!
Unlike California blueberries, where each berry bite has a 50/50 chance of being sweet or sour, each Jersey berry is sweeter than the next. When Friday rolled around I knew it was time for a Blueberry cocktail.
I whipped out my favorite Jersey grown ingredients blueberries, basil, and mint, added half a lime and bit of sugar and began to muddle.
I have a tendency to muddle everything. I love fresh ingredients in my drinks and this is the best way to extract their flavors. Plus, I love the eating the crushed boozed soaked fruit that it leaves at the end of your cocktail as compared to pureeing or juicing your fruit.
Tip #1: If you’re like me and you love the fruit pulp, don’t add ice to your cocktail shaker. This way you can scoop the pulp out of the shaker after straining without obstruction and top your drink off with it. The Mojito will still be plenty cold if you slightly over compensate with ice in your glass.
Tip#2: Fruit skewers make an easy and beautiful garnish. If you only have toothpicks, like me, they’ll get the job done. Careful they don’t float to well so be sure to hook it on the edge of your glass so it doesn’t get lost in your drink. Fun to look at, fun to eat. What more could you ask for?
This Blueberry Basil Mojito is bursting with colors and summer flavors. It was a perfect refresher to conclude a hot day of boating in the bay on 78 degree Jersey night.
Blueberry Basil Mojito
adapted from Culinary Cory
Ingredients (Serves 2)
1/4 Cup blueberries
4 Tablespoons of fresh basil, julienned
3 Tablespoons of fresh mint, julienned
Juice of 1/2 a lime
3 teaspoon of sugar or 1 1/2 packets of your favorite sugar substitute
3-4 ounces of Vodka
Club soda, to taste
Muddle berries, basil, mint, lime, and sugar in a cocktail shaker.
Add ice and vodka. Shake, shake, shake!
Strain over ice and fill with club soda.
From the LYK Relaxation Station,
(Mix Master) Pearl