Mighty Wild Blueberries pack a flavor punch in this delicious homemade infused vodka perfect for an antioxidant-filled homemade gift or beverage for a holiday party.Â
Disclosure: By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Wild Blueberries and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Stop searching for the perfect holiday drink and/or homemade gift. I have what exactly what you need:Â Wild Blueberry Lemon Vodka
I decided to test three versions of this infused vodka:
1. wild blueberry orange with cinnamon
2. wild blueberry lemon with cinnamon
3. wild blueberry orange (no cinnamon)
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My suspicion was that the wild blueberry orange was going to be the winner. I was happily wrong. The wild blueberry lemon with cinnamon blew my mind.
Yes, all of the flavors were wonderful but the hint of cinnamon takes it to the next level. I cannot recommend it enough.
I also thought I was going to like the orange flavor best. In fact, I started out just doing orange then I found one last lemon in my fridge and thought “oh maybe I’ll just taste it with lemon and see which one I like better.”
I also considered that while this is intended to be a holiday drink, I’m pretty positive I’ll be making it year round. Lemon seems like a flavor that I think of more in the summer (which is why I decided to just taste it with the lemon).
If you find yourself without a lemon and just an orange, go with it! It’s still delightful. Same with the cinnamon stick. I 100% recommend it, especially for a holiday drink, but it’s optional if you are out of cinnamon sticks. But I recommend that in life, you should try to never be out of cinnamon sticks.
One of my favorite parts about this recipe, OK my very favorite part, is the wild blueberries. Why wild blueberries? Because they are tiny little flavor-filled nutrient-powerhouses. Compared to a regular cultivated blueberry, these little babies have more flavor, fiber, antioxidants in eachÂ little tiny berry.
A powerful antioxidant in wild blueberries is anthocyanin whichÂ can help neutralize free radicals (the bad guys) to help prevent any damage to theÂ cellsÂ in yourÂ body, and theyÂ can protect against inflammation (which is a jerkface and can lead to a ton of unpleasant things such as brain agingÂ and degenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s).
Plus, wild blueberries are easy and economical. They come frozen (yay for saving all their abundant nutrients), so you can find them year-round.
This is great to have for the holidays because you can pour them into small bottles and give as gifts (that people actually want! Just say no to fruitcake and one million cookies). You can also make this for a holiday party you are throwing or attending. There’s nothing like having a fun and festive cocktail to get you in the holiday spirit!
And because kids should be able to enjoy this AMAZING drink, you can make this without the vodka. I included the directions in the recipe notes.
Cheers to a delicious, inflammation-fighting, memory-boosting holiday beverage!Â You might want to double the batch, so you don’t have to give it all away 😉
Wild Blueberry Lemon Vodka
What You'll Need:
- 12 ounces frozen Wild Blueberries 2 cups
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 bottle vodka 750 mL
- 2 lemons peels only
- chilled club soda for serving
How to Make It:
To make infused vodka:
In a medium saucepan, add the wild blueberries, water, maple syrup, and cinnamon stick. Heat over medium-high and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 10-15 minutes until the mixture reduces by almost half. Remove from heat and discard the cinnamon stick. Let cool completely.
Transfer the lemon peels and vodka to a wide-mouth glass jar. Pour in cooled wild blueberry mixture. Cover tightly and transfer to the refrigerator for at least 24 hours or up to 7 days. Strain vodka and transfer to jars for gifting or container for serving
To make drink:
Stir together 1.5 ounces of vodka (3 tablespoons) and 6 ounces of club soda. Pour over ice. Serve with extra wild blueberries and/or lemon or orange slices. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes*The recipe makes about 16 (1.5 ounce) servings of vodka.
!To make non-alcoholic drink:
Follow the recipe, but use 2 cups of water instead of only one. Skip the step of infusing the vodka. Add the lemon peels after the mixture cools, and transfer to the fridge to infuse for at least 12 hours. Strain the mixture if desired, and use 2-3 ounces of mixture for 6-8 ounces of club soda. Serve over ice. Enjoy!
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