When I was envisioning the cocktail for our little Portland blogger get-together, I asked Evelyn from Momsicle (the instigator) what she was looking for in a signature cocktail. She threw out a bunch of ideas, one of which was something that would be easy for readers to make for groups, especially summer parties. So that was the focus of our featured cocktail.
Enter the Highball… Highballs are really a whole family of drinks, which includes booze and a non-boozy mixer. I won’t go into much detail here because I’m not an expert.
Some years ago, we had just moved to High Street and were throwing a housewarming party. The theme was Highballs on High Street, and the drinks were so easy to make for the masses (not that the party was that big). The highball of choice for the night: Bermuda Highball, which includes gin, brandy, vermouth and ginger ale or club soda.
Our Boozed + Infused variation… the Blueberry
Highball Pieball, made with our Blueberry Gin infused with pie spices.
1.5 oz Blueberry Gin
0.5 oz Dry Vermouth
0.5 oz Brandy
3 oz club soda
2 oz ginger ale
Blueberry Ice Cubes (made from blueberry juice) and frozen blueberries to keep the drink cold
Pour each of the ingredients into a tall glass, add a few blueberry ice cubes, frozen blueberries, and one regular ice cube, then garnish with a lemon twist.
For a party, we recommend making a lot of this in advance. The blueberry ice cubes and frozen blueberries will help keep the drink cold without watering it down. Make the ice cubes and freeze your berries the night before your party.
Either the night before, or the morning of the party, mix up the booze so that you aren’t measuring out the various ingredients for each drink. If you have 3 cups of Blueberry Gin, get a large jar, bottle, or pitcher and add the 3 cups or infused gin, 1 cup of vermouth and 1 cup of brandy. Stir, and keep in the freezer or refrigerator so that it won’t melt your ice and frozen berries too quickly.
For the party, you can use a large jigger, and just add equal parts of the Blueberry Pieball Booze Mix, Ginger Ale, and Club Soda. This makes it very simple to make a tray of them.
So… get those blueberries out of your freezer (or go pick up a bag from your local grocer) and start infusing some blueberry gin! This was really easy, refreshing, and tasty. And will make for some great fun at your summer gatherings.
For our get-together, each guest left with their own mini bottle of the Blueberry Pieball Booze Mix. Fun for later…
May 10, 2012 at 8:24 pm
Wow! That sounds really great!
May 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm
thanks! And they were great… Wish we could have shared one with you!
May 10, 2012 at 8:35 pm
May 10, 2012 at 9:14 pm
Hi- this is awesome. We have fresh blueberries- do you mind if we adapt the recipe for a “short” cocktail? We will link back, but just wanted to ask…
btw- the blueberry ice cubes are a nice touch…very pro.
May 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm
thanks for asking! And of course you are always welcome to adapt my recipes. I will be interested to see what you come up with…
That was my husband’s idea to use the blueberry cubes. And they are great in ginger ale for the kids or non-drinkers
May 11, 2012 at 3:28 am
This might be great to make a reduction sauce as well as to drink!
May 11, 2012 at 7:11 am
Sure! I read a recipe for a bourbon syrup, where you reduce bourbon and sugar. So if you did this a bit differently it could make an interesting sauce as well!
May 11, 2012 at 9:12 am
Do mixologists make their own specialty liquor ie. blueberry gin or is there some shop to by all this exotic alcohol at?
May 12, 2012 at 8:30 am
A lot of mixologists make there own infused booze. At many of the nicer restaurants and bars, you will see “house infused” on the drink menu, and will sometimes see jars or small barrels where they are aging some of them. Other bars make a lot of their own bitters and tinctures. But there are plenty that don’t. While there are still not an overwhelming number (that I am aware) of spirits companies that make a really nice, high quality infused spirit or liqueur, there are some out there and the list seems to be growing fast. Clear Creek is a great one, and is local to my area. Look them up, they are fantastic. I just learned about one called Thatcher, but have not tried any of their products. There are others out there that have a small selection, Stone Barn makes a great coffee liqueur. Try asking your local liquor store what they have access to.
May 12, 2012 at 8:12 pm
so educational! Thanks for all the great knowledge and advice!
May 11, 2012 at 11:38 am
I need to infuse some of this blueberry business immediately.
May 12, 2012 at 8:16 am
Hop to it Eileen! You can do it!
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June 3, 2012 at 2:28 pm
This looks so good that I am going to the store to buy gin right away so that I can start infusing it to make this cocktail!
June 3, 2012 at 7:29 pm
Excellent! I hope you like it… we sure did. Just finished off the last bit of Blueberry Pieball mix a few days ago.
June 10, 2012 at 11:40 am
Hi, Alicia. I’ve had my gin infusing and know that I am going to love this cocktail. Is it ok if I use in later in the month in atasteofmorning.com ?
June 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm
Hi Laurie, I would be thrilled for you to use this in atasteofmorning.com! I love your blog, and I used your Shady Porch cocktail on here too. So of course, I would love to see what you end up making with this infusion. Cheers!
June 10, 2012 at 5:52 pm
Super : )
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