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Blueberry Margaritas

Needed to bring a cocktail to a pool day with the girls. No time to infuse. I made a blueberry simple syrup,  added some Tequila, limes and 7up.

Recipe for blueberry simple syrup.   Plan ahead, it takes an hour to make but you get enough for 3 pitchers.

1 1/4 cup sugar

1 1/4 cup water

2 pints of blueberries

1/3 cup fresh lemon juice.

2 tsp of lemon zest.

 blueberries cooking


Add everything but the lemon juice into a pot.   Give it a mash with a masher a few times to get it going. Cook for 10 mins on low.


It will begin to look like this.

Cooking berries


It is still watery at this stage.  Add the lemon juice now. Cook for another 10 minutes.  It should be at a light boil. Stir every now and then.


berries 20 mins cook


Use a wooden spoon to smoosh any whole berries.



thick enough to stay on spoon after a finger swipe


The sauce should be dark purple by now. Test the thickness by dipping a spoon into the sauce and your finger through it. Everything should stay stuck to the spoon except where your finger was.

Let cool. Then strain   through a mesh strainer to remove the skins. This takes me 15 minutes. I still have a crappy little strainer. Mash the skins against the metal to get all of the juice out.

strain off the skins


The skins have uses.   I stirred them into a glass of bubbly moscato Added a great flavor to the wine.



You can make this syrup and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. I freeze it in 1 cup containers. Then you are ready for a cocktail anytime.

Margarita Recipe.

1 cup blueberry simple syrup

1 cup tequila

Juice of 1 lime and 1 slice lime for garnish.

3 cans of 7up.

Get a pitcher fill 1/4 way up with chopped ice pour blueberry syrup. Add tequila and limes. Stir. Add 7 up.

No post on friday this week. I am heading across the pond on holiday to see what European cocktails I can discover. I will post photos on Facebook of future inspirations.







Cherry Serrano Sparkler

Summer of 2014. Hot days, Mosquitos, Flooded basements. The joys of late June in the midwest. How fondly I remember the 80’s. Summer days were filled listening to Culture Club, Kenny Loggins and Prince. Tanning with baby oil. I’m not sure if my music tastes have improved but I am still the poster child for unsafe sun consumption.  I do wear sunscreen but as I slather my child with SPH50, I spritz a SPH4 on myself and  deeply inhale the fake coconut fumes.  Last week I was invited for a little R&R at a friends pool. Inviting me to your pool guarantees a fantastic cocktail. I was really excited by the cherry tequila I made this week. With Fourth of July on it’s way, I had to give it a patriotic name,

Cherry Serrano Sparkler


cherry serrano sparkler

2 shots of cherry tequila

1 can of diet 7 up

1 tsp of maraschino cherry juice.

3 slices of serrano pepper.

Combine in Tall glass with lots of ice. As the drink sits the peppers give you a bit of heat. At the end of this cocktail it is very spicy and you need to drink another.. You can triple the quantities to make a pitcher.

Sorry about the lack of photos. Had too much fun at the pool.

Happy July 4th!!!



Cherry Tequila

Ah Tequila,  We have drifted apart over the past 20 years. You use to be cute little shots on a raucous Friday evening. Now you are only used in Margaritas. A bottle will last me a year or two.  It is time to become reacquainted again. I was eating a bowl of fresh cherries last week and thought. hmmmm..

Cherry Tequila

1/2 cup of silver tequila

20  fresh cherries halved and pitted

2 tsp of sugar.

1 tsp of grated  fresh ginger.

Let sit for 3 days in the fridge.   Strain tequila into another cup muddle the cherries. Pour tequila back over the muddled cherries.

Keep in the fridge until ready to use.



cherry tequila strained
cherry tequila strained.


Lime shortage.. How will we survive?

images             I am worried.

This is the year of the dreaded lime shortage.  This will put a cramp in my margarita consumption.  I can’t imagine putting a lemon in a Corona. What is a gal to do?

One of my most memorable stories involving limes was a  work trip to Hawaii in the late 90’s.   I was young ,on a budget and staying a few extra days. I knew I couldn’t afford to have the amount of cocktails a twenty something year old would need. I decided the easiest drink to bring with me was the Fresca splash.  I packed a 12 pack of fresca, a bottle of tequila and 6 limes. Again this was 1990 something and you could bring these things in a carry on.  I threw a few post event cocktails party in my room. Price of admission, something to contribute. Either a snack or some other type of mixer.  It was a really big bottle of tequila.

My attorney says I need to put this disclaimer in case of this blog getting popular and some government agency tries to fine me $50,000 for bringing in unclaimed produce.    ” I cannot clearly remember that there were actually limes.”

So let’s for the sake of arguments say there was a bottle of maraschino cherries.

Hey look at that!!!    One lime associated memory, the fear of being fined and look I solved  our lime crisis for at least one drink..


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What you need.

1 can of Fresca.

1-2 shots of tequila  ( don’t skimp on the quality it will bite you later)

One lime

A jar of maraschino cherries.

Use a tall glass filled with ice. Pour your tequila over the ice.  Squeeze your quarter lime over it. Toss the piece of lime  Maraschino cherry  into the glass. Pour a little extra of the juice into the glass. Top off with Fresca.  Stir with a stirrer or I found a Twizzler ( red liquorice)  and stirred with that and left in for garnish. You can also cut the ends off and drink use the liquorice as a straw.

Necessity is the mother of all inventions. I will continue to monitor the status of limes. I am thinking of inventing a fresh strawberry lemon margarita type drink tomorrow.  I’ll let you know how it turned  out.