Drink of the Week: Blisskey

If the name of this week’s drink sounds made up, that’s because it is. I didn’t know what else to call my muddled blueberry-mint-lime juice-whiskey cocktail. I was going for a take on a mint julep, but the end result more closely approximates a mojito. At any rate, it’s a little glass of whiskey-blueberry bliss = Blisskey.

Fresh mint, muddles blueberries and a tot of whiskey will be key to your bliss this weekend.

Fresh mint, muddled blueberries and a tot of whiskey will be key to your bliss this weekend.

When creating a cocktail I first see what fresh ingredients I have on hand (blueberries, mint, limes) and then I think about what spirit might taste good with them. I settled on the maple whiskey because it’s slightly sweet and I thought the maple would play well with blueberries and mint. If I’d had lemons on hand I would have opted for them instead, but limes also work (hence the mojito-like taste…even my husband guessed that rum was the base spirit. Maybe I should up the whiskey to 2 oz?). The blueberries don’t add very much in terms of flavour, but they sure make the drink a pretty pink-purple hue.

It’s just the kind of drink you want in-hand when you’ve been trapped indoors all week because of the rain, the children are chasing the dog around the house. Blisskey, take me away!

Whiskey mojito meets mint julep in this pretty cocktail.

Whiskey mojito meets mint julep in this pretty cocktail.

Blisskey

  • 1-1/2 oz Gibson’s Finest maple whiskey
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 3/4 oz honey simple syrup
  • 8-10 fresh blueberries
  • 6-8  mint leaves, plus mint sprig garnish
  • Ice

Gently muddle the blueberries, mint and whiskey together in the base of a cocktail shaker. Add the lime juice and simple syrup and some ice. Shake, and then strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.

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