Blueberry Martini

Ultimat Vodka's Blueberry Martini
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)

There is no shortage of blueberry martini recipes, but this one's just a little more interesting than most. It's a fun and very fruity vodka martini that has a surprise and it mixes up quickly.

The extraordinary ingredient in this blueberry martini is the mango juice. Most blueberry martinis are very one-dimensional, relying completely on the berry juice or a blueberry vodka. Adding the tropical taste of mango gives the drink a beautiful brightness that's a nice contrast against the dark berries.

This recipe was designed to feature the very smooth Ultimat Vodka as well as the tequila-based orange liqueur Patron Citronge. It made its debut at the 2009 Governors Ball, a star-studded party for the Oscars. You'll enjoy it just as much as Hollywood's biggest stars did back then!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka (Ultimat)
  • 1/2 ounce​ orange liqueur (Patron Citronge)
  • 2 ounces ​blueberry juice (fresh)
  • 1 ounce mango juice (fresh)
  • Garnish: fresh blueberries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

  4. Garnish with fresh blueberries skewered on a cocktail pick or float them on top of the drink.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • The blueberry juice is very easy to obtain without a juicer. Simply muddle a handful of fresh berries until you get the amount of juice needed. Strain out the pieces of fruit or simply add the cocktail's other ingredients, shake it up, then double strain the drink into your serving glass.
  • Mango is a different story and you will need a good juicer. It's not the most common, but you might be able to find mango juice at the store.
  • Another option is to use mango nectar as a substitute. It's typically sold in cans and can be found near the juices at many grocers.

Recipe Variations

  • You can add other complementary fruits to the blueberry martini. Instead of mango, try this cocktail with a little peach or watermelon juice.
  • This martini would be excellent with either gin or tequila if you want to skip the vodka. For the gin, consider one with a softer profile like Aviation; blanco tequila would be a great choice.
  • For a really interesting twist, mix this drink up with whiskey. Be sure to choose a smooth whiskey without too many bold flavors; steer clear of rye whiskeys or high-proof, bold bourbons. Something like Maker's Mark, Jameson, or Canadian Club would be excellent.

How Strong Is a Blueberry Martini?

Despite the fact that two 80-proof liquors are poured into this martini, it's a surprisingly light drink. The fruit juices help bring it down to a pleasant 15 percent ABV (30 proof). It's as if you're drinking a glass of wine, only fruitier!

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