PARTNER POST: Be inspired this season to make little changes to your holiday menu by adding the merriest berry – blueberries — into your recipes.
Shake together this beautiful cocktail to get you in the holiday spirit. The calming, soothing powers of lavender mix with a delicious burst of blueberries for a drink ideal for a relaxing night with loved ones.
By Taylor McBride
During the holidays, cocktails are a must. Whenever I start decorating, I always mix up a special cocktail because it makes everything more festive. We’re only a week or two away from when the season officially kicks into full gear, so this year I’m mixing up this blueberry lavender cocktail to get me in the holiday spirit. Click here for the recipe.
I normally think of blueberries being a fruit reserved for the summer. I’m always making a pitcher of blueberry lemonade or topping a piece of angel food cake with a handful of blueberries during the summer months. But, during the holidays, blueberries used to only come around for Saturday morning pancakes. That’s definitely something we’re changing around here because of how easy it is to take a dish or cocktail to the next level just by using frozen blueberries.
Blueberries are available year-round, in the frozen and fresh produce sections. Frozen blueberries are extremely versatile and can be used in so many different ways. Sweet or savory, a cocktail or a syrup, they can do it all. They’re something that I’ll be making sure I always have on hand in my kitchen from now on because a little change, like simply adding a handful of blueberries to holiday dishes, can make a big difference in flavor, making the season just a little merrier.
Frozen blueberries are juicy and sweet and impart the best flavor into this drink. Pairing them with lavender and elderflower liqueur puts this drink over the top, in the best possible way. Not only is the color absolutely perfect for the holiday season (a big thank you to those blueberries for that!), but all of the flavors combined are really special and make them perfect for celebrating.
Taylor is a self-taught cook currently living in Charlotte, NC. Having grown up around a family of great cooks, Taylor has always had a passion for food, wine, and cocktails. She is a Mexican and Southern food enthusiast and has never met an avocado she hasn’t liked. You can find her on her blog, Perpetually Hungry.