Today’s cocktail was created as a joke but turned out so amazing that I wanted to share it with everyone. Lately I have been obsessed with the spirit line from Art In The Age, which is innovative liquor brand that features a line of spirits dedicated to bringing back flavors we all loved as a child, such as root beer, gingersnaps and strawberry pie. As a bar manager, I am fortunate that I have access to so many spirits and get to experiment with drink recipes on a daily basis. One day while browsing Pinterest, I came across an image for Art In The Age Sage and was so inspired to create something beautiful, I began to play with different flavors. Hangar 1 Vodka, out of Alameda, CA, is one of my favorites and I have had a bottle of their Maine Wild Blueberry that has been taunting me to create something magical. With the bottles of Art in the Age Sage and Hangar 1 Maine Wild Blueberry in hand, I closed my eyes and pictured what would enhance these two dynamic flavors. Suddenly, I had a vision.
About six months ago, my co-worker,
pain-in-the-ass , and friend, Drew (who hails from Maine) was telling me about Cold River Vodka from his home state and would not stop talking about their blueberry flavor. We searched every liquor distributor in the area and were disappointed that we could not find in here in the sunshine state. He told me that their “Maine Squeeze” was a delicious concoction that combined Cold River Blueberry, lemonade, soda water and fresh Maine blueberries. I love the combination of lemon and blueberries and thought that sage would enhance the two and yield a delicious libation.
Excited, I combined Hangar 1 Maine Wild Blueberry, Caravalla Limoncello, Art In The Age Sage, muddled blueberries and a splash of fresh lemonade. The end result, in my opinion, was pretty dang spectacular. Besides, I am a Nor-Cal Gal and ANYTHING from Hangar 1 makes an ordinary cocktail an extraordinary cocktail.
My final product was a refreshing blend of citrus and sweet blueberries enhanced with a touch of earthy sage. I must say, this is one of my favorite creations.
Here is my recipe, enjoy!
- 1.5 oz Hangar 1 Wild Maine Blueberry
- .5 oz limoncello
- .25 oz Art In The Age Sage
- 3 oz fresh lemonade
- 8 fresh blueberries (6 for muddling, 2 for garnish)
- 2 lemon wedges
- 1 fresh sage leaf
- In a shaker or mixing glass, muddle 5 fresh blueberries with a lemon wedge and .25 oz Art In The Age Sage liquor.
- Add ice, 1.5 oz Hangar 1 Maine Wild Blueberry, .5 oz limoncello and 3 oz. lemonade. Shake and strain into a stemless wine glass (or and old fashioned glass) filled with ice. Garnish with 2 fresh blueberries, a lemon wedge and a fresh sage leaf. Enjoy!