Midnight martinis and a blueberry bonus

By Katherine

Shrink me down and I would dive in there

I’ve had awful luck with blueberries this year. Don’t get me wrong, the berries themselves have been amazing. I’ve just made a series of kitchen mistakes, for example not adding a thickener to a blueberry pie. (My dutiful, pie-loving husband still ate, err drank, it.) I made a lovely blueberry sauce from The Silver Spoon, but the simple custard to go with it never set. This can happen when you forget to add sugar when you beat the egg yolks. I tried to thicken it with cornstarch — twice — when Greg wasn’t looking. The blueberry sauce called for draining the liquid and well I’m not one to let all that juicy goodness go, so here’s what I concocted. Store-bought blueberry juice, or a mixed berry juice will work just fine. If it’s sweet, skip the simple syrup. I’ve included the super simple blueberry sauce recipe in the notes below in case you’d like to have a martini one night and blueberry pancakes the following morning.

Midnight Martinis

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce Chambord
  • 4 ounces blueberry juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup

Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake to incorporate. Divide between two martini glasses. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

Notes: Blueberry juice can be messy. If I were really clever, I’d garnish my next round with these sugared berries over at Gourmandistan. To make the blueberry juice from scratch, combine a tablespoon of sugar and two tablespoons of water. I threw in a splash of lemon juice. Cook over medium heat until dissolved. Add 2 cups blueberries and cook for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, let cool and drain juice.

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76 Responses to Midnight martinis and a blueberry bonus

  1. nrhatch says:

    I’ll dive in with you! That looks FAB! 😀

  2. Kristy says:

    Fabulous! Simply fabulous! I’m sure your pie and blueberry sauce were delicious – even if they didn’t look right. 😉 I’m sure I still would have eaten all of it up. Seriously – I ate blueberry sauce (and/or pie) every night while we were in Maine. I’m going through withdrawl!

  3. rutheh says:

    Must have a ton of antioxidants in there. Good for your health!

  4. Yum! I recently discovered canned blueberries in syrup (they are very expensive otherwise, over $30 a kilo in season) – this would be perfect for this drink. Love the fact you “saved” what otherwise would have been discarded. 🙂

  5. Rufus, you are one ferocious mad scientist…I love how you “saved” the day and made a midnight martini…to dive into! Wonderful.

  6. ChgoJohn says:

    That’s one heckuva cocktail you poured there. I can just see myself, after having one too many, hailing a cab with a big blue stain on my shirt. Not pretty — and I’m not talking about the shirt.

  7. Carrie says:

    Great minds think alike! I made a cocktail tonight with frozen grapes on a skewer as a garnish!

  8. joshuafagans says:

    Three cheers for awesome husbands ;)! Chambord is an awesome liquor. I bet this is great!

  9. Keep the drinks coming – I think blueberries work out more expensive than vodka here, so I guess a martini with a twist is more likely to happen here. Great pic.

  10. With all these drink recipes.. you guys are gonna drive me to drink LMAO. I also forgot to tell you.. I made your Bellini for a girlfriend of mine and she loved it. I don’t know how I can make a drink but don’t want to drink it lol.

  11. Aha!! YES!!! I bought “Blueberry Juice” during American week at Aldi’s here in Germany and I wanted to find cool drinks to make with it. FOUND IT! This little gem you posted is perfect! I might make those tonight! :-))

  12. Stunning – worth getting messy for! And nothing wrong with a drink in a pie 🙂

  13. I will drink my pie any day! You 2 are amazing!

  14. Melissa says:

    “Shrink me down and I would dive in there” well said. Excellent writing, fantastic photo. Dude, I don’t even particularly care for blueberries and I want one.

  15. If I shrink down, can I dive in there with you? Superb!
    🙂 Mandy

    • Katherine says:

      Ha, the juice is fine come on in! Even when I write the post, Greg writes the photo captions, the photos are his too. And his captions always crack me up!

  16. rsmacaalay says:

    Excellent Photo, great composition. I wanna dive there too

  17. Blueberry pie is always worthy of eating…or drinking, and I suspect this martini might be just the accompaniment.

  18. Sissi says:

    I would love to dive in too! It’s a lovely and original idea! I see you use often Chambord (I have never seen it nor tasted, I must check in my French shops)

    • Katherine says:

      We try to use it sparingly, really strong raspberry flavor. It’s pricey hence our sparing use of it. We like Grand Marnier too, but a bottle will last us two years.

  19. What a great color that martini has! Good move on not wasting that precious juice!

  20. Fabulous photo!
    Wine-o’s that we are around here, we don’t do many mixed drinks, but Hubby likes the occasional martini. I’ll see what he thinks about this one…Blueberry season is winding down, but I might get another cup or two!

  21. Brilliant idea Katherine! I’m lovin’ your mixed drink recipes. You make me want to drink more alcohol and I don’t even like to drink much! Though I’m like Kay, I like to make mixed drinks at parties for friends and family, I’ll take a taste and then serve it to them but I can never drink a whole drink!
    That’s happened to me many times when a recipe goes wrong, but my hubby and kids still eat it…..that is if it’s still edible. I bet that blueberry pie tasted awesome even though Greg drank it! LOL

  22. I think one of those would put me away for the night pretty handily.

  23. Karen says:

    Maybe your cocktail could become the official drink of Maine.

  24. Lea Ann says:

    Love those little blueberries on the skewer.

  25. If it has blueberries, I will like it. Looks great!

  26. Carolyn Chan says:

    That looks amazing Katherine!

  27. Sounds like a great summertime cocktail. Can’t wait to try it!

  28. Ritchey will love this! Blueberries are his favorite! Thank you!

  29. spicegirlfla says:

    Oh for sure you two know how to party!! blueberry martinis followed by blueberry pancakes! I have to remember this when I celebrate with my yearly blueberry pancake treat!!

  30. I could have used this cocktail last night. 🙂

  31. eva626 says:

    o0o i like the whole dramatic theme of the photo…the blueberry sword and the pool of blood…delicious!

  32. martko1964 says:

    I’d drink it….looks fabulous. Blueberries are one of my favorites. I’m trying this.

  33. ambrosiana says:

    Your Midnight Martini rocks!!! This is such a creative way of making martinis!!

  34. Caroline says:

    Love how you found a way to make use of the leftover blueberry juice, Katherine! My grandma would be so proud–she’d always tell us to think about the starving kids in Africa when we didn’t finish the food on our plates. So, this is a great way to use everything up, ha! Looks delicious.

    • katherine says:

      Sometimes I think we have a Depression-era mentality about saving stuff and using whatever we can. Composting, making broth and such. But grandma would balk at what we spend on food!

  35. Looks beautiful and indulgent!

  36. How cute is that little cocktail pick?! I have never done much with blueberries, but I imagine you end up as messy as when I do stuff with beetroot. A bloodbath! I bet this cocktail is ‘well tasty’!

  37. stefi25 says:

    Beautiful drink… and I agree about diving in!! Great drink creation!

  38. JamieAnne says:

    This looks Amazing! Sometimes mistakes turn into new recipes. Good for Greg that he drank the pie! 😉

  39. Nice. Midnight martinis. That’s the way to go!

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  41. randommanda says:

    Yum!! And – gorgeous shot! I’m making these for my next Girls’ Brunch! 🙂

  42. Kelly says:

    Oh, Katherine, I just love this and the visuals are stunning!

  43. Just found you being featured on WordPress ” cocktails” today, well done to you both, it’s a stunning looking drink!!

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