Blueberry Lemondrop Cocktail

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Cheers! The holidays are here!!! With just 10-days until Thanksgiving, and Christmas following closely behind, I thought it was time to start coming up with some festive cocktail ideas. Always in a rush to get to the booze…

This Blueberry Lemondrop Cocktail popped into my head immediately. I wanted a drink with a fresh, bright flavor, that tasted a bit like summer, in the middle of winter. And, because blueberries are available year-round, in the frozen and fresh produce sections, they were the obvious choice.

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I kept the ingredients simple and fresh: Lemon juice, blueberries, vodka, and a hint of agave syrup to sweeten things up a bit. Just look at that bright color that they produce when muddled. Who can resist? Topped off with a spring of fresh rosemary for a festive touch, I’d say that this is one cocktail begging to be made at your next holiday party.

Speaking of holiday parties – What are your thoughts? Yea or nay? I absolutely love them – All the Christmas trees and sparkling lights. People just seem happier during this time of year. When I was growing up in Jamestown, New York, every Christmas was definitely white. It was a time of celebration when our huge Italian family would gather together, brining the homemade wine, whiskey, way too much pasta with sauce, antipasti platters. We would sing carols around the piano and gather together on the stairwell each year for the annual holiday picture. It’s been years since I’ve been back for Christmas, but it is one of the times that I miss most.

Blueberry Lemon Drop | platingsandpairings.comNow that I live in Oregon – It’s usually more of a green Christmas. The family parties have been replaced by work parties, and the homemade wine replaced by ice sculpture cocktail luges. But it’s funny how we adjust. Work friends become our family in a way, new traditions are made, and a good time is had by all. I’ve yet to have a Christmas tree while living in Oregon – Although there are three ginormous ones growing in our backyard, which “snow” their needles onto our deck all winter long. Perhaps one of these years I will finally make the investment – Gain a collection of ornaments and holiday décor. Until then, I will settle for a crackling fire in the fireplace, a few stockings – One for Rick, Sammie and I, and a fresh garland, so at least it smells like Christmas. Oh, and to my uncles in New York – If you can send some of that homemade wine my way, I’d be more than grateful. I was always too young to try it back then!

Click here for the full recipe for this Blueberry Lemondrop Cocktail and to check out more great recipes from the Blueberry Council. While you’re there, be sure to check out their contest, running through December 16, 2015. It’s easy to enter, and one lucky winner will receive a $500 gift card to create a holiday meal. Plus there is a weekly swag bag giveaway, starting November 11th.

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This post has been sponsored by the Blueberry Council and Honest Cooking. As always, all opinions are my own.



24 comments

  1. kelsey

    adore these photos, first off! it looks wonderful!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Kelsey – Cheers!

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  2. Meredith {MarthaChartreuse}

    Such beautiful photos! Where did you get your coupes?

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    1. Erin

      I actually got these at a kitchen store in Eugene, which I believe is now closed 🙁 They are beautiful, but VERY delicate. I don’t do well with delicate glassware while drinking 😉

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  3. Erin

    I’m a big fan of holiday parties! Though can’t say we do any singing. That would be a negative for everyone involved! Ha! I also think I need to get invited to your work parties with ice sculpture cocktail luges! My work definitely is not that cool, but I would be all about attending those parties!

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    1. Erin

      Ha – I wouldn’t necessary say that our family was full of opera singers, but it was fun just the same 🙂
      Hopefully we have another ice luge this year – It was definitely a hit at the party in 2014!

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  4. Pech

    I love holiday parties – unlike other get togethers often people bring their families and so it’s so wonderful to see this other side of them where I see how their partner balances them out, or they shift even more so to a personal side with stories. The only down side is that it’s pretty bad for maintaining a calorie count and healthy eating since parties tend to have indulgent food and even though I see the vegetable plate, I beeline for the more fun unhealthy stuff!

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    1. Erin

      I agree Pech – It’s so fun to see another side to co-workers, see them in a more relaxed setting, and meet their family members. It’s definitely hard to maintain balance during the holidays too though!

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Melissa! I always find it difficult to photograph cocktails. I’m working on my skills! Plus, I get drinks in the meantime 😉

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  5. Shelly

    Oh this cocktail looks delicious! Such a beautiful color.

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    1. Erin

      Thanks Shelly – It’s amazing how much color blueberries can add!

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  6. Dijana

    I love this! Color of the drink is perfect for holiday season, not to mention how easy it seems to make. Great idea 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Thank you Dijana – They are very easy to make. I hope you enjoy!

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  7. Kelley

    I love holiday parties…EXCEPT work parties. Luckily, I work for myself now, so I can make myself a cocktail any time I please.

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  8. Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife

    I love holiday parties! Work parties, friends’ parties, family parties…love them all! And these cocktails look so festive and prime for holiday celebrations.

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  9. Natasha @ Salt and Lavender

    This cocktail looks amazing! I am not big on holiday parties – I am pretty introverted and just find them awkward. I do love the Xmas lights though – my husband and I drive around to look how different neighborhoods are lit up. We just put ours up last weekend.

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    1. Erin

      I love the holiday lights too Natasha! Such a pretty time of the year. Not many people decorate in our neighborhood though 🙁 I can’t believe you’re already decorated!!! Wow!

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      1. Natasha @ Salt and Lavender

        I know, we’re keeners haha. The rest of the decorations are still in boxes but at least the lights are up! We weren’t even the first in our neighborhood either.

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  10. Natasha @ Salt and Lavender

    Erin, I have a blog question for you. What plugin do you use for your social media share buttons? Thanks 🙂

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    1. Erin

      Hi Natasha – I use SumoMe for my social media share buttons along the side of the screen.

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