Last week my friend Lisa and I went out for a drink to a local bar. I have been trying to check out a new spot every week since we moved back from the islands and loving all these new restaurants that the Atlanta scene has to offer.
Our plan, as usual, was to order a couple glasses of wine and enjoy it while we catch up, but then we met our server Becca, who convinced us to order a cocktail instead. She suggested that we order this blueberry flavored dark cherry and calvados cocktail, as it is her favorite drink on the menu. I am so glad we listened to her, because it is so rare that I order a cocktail at a restaurant and love it so much.
Becca and the creator of the drink, Logan were so sweet and generous to share the recipe. So here I am with an end-of-summer cocktail recipe for you: Blueberry, Dark Cherry and Calvados Cocktail.
As its original name suggests, this cocktail has a little bit of Mexican and a little bit of French in it. It is made with mixing together tequila with some Calvados (aka apple brandy) and cherry liquor. Its beautiful color comes from a homemade blueberry honey simple syrup that is flavored with all spice, cloves, and black peppercorns. The recipe below makes more simple syrup than you will need to make this drink, but feel free to keep it in the fridge and try using it in your other cocktail creations to give them a summery kick.
Blueberry, Dark Cherry and Calvados Cocktail
For the Blueberry Honey Syrup:
- 1 ½ cups of water
- 1/3 cup (113 gr.) honey
- 1 cup (250 gr.) Demerara sugar
- 2-3 black peppercorns
- 3-4 whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 2 cups blueberries rinsed
For the cocktail:
- 1 drop of orange citrate
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice freshly squeezed
- 3/4 oz Blueberry Honey Syrup
- 1/4 oz dark cherry liquor – Heering
- 1/4 oz almond-flavored crème liquor – Crème de Noyaux
- 1/2 oz apple brandy – Calvados
- 1/2 oz egg white
- 1 oz Tequila Cabeza
- ½ cup ice
- 1 fresh mint leaf
To make the blueberry honey syrup:
- Place all the ingredients into a saucepan, bring it to a boil and let it simmer 10 minutes.
- Place the mixture into a blender and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine strainer and set aside to cool.
To make the cocktail:
- Place all the ingredients in to a shaker and shake vigorously until frothy.
- Add in the ice and continue to shake for 45 more seconds.
- Strain it through a strainer into a coupe glass.
- Garnish it with one mint leaf. Serve.
Oh girl this post is absolutely STUNNING! I’m sorry it has taken me like a month to tell you, but thanks for hanging with us for #DRINKTHESUMMER 2016! xx
Thank YOU for inviting me Sherrie. It was so much fun to see all the amazing cocktails.
Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek
Hooray for finding delicious cocktails in restaurants! I love the idea of this cocktail, and the photos are gorgeous! Happy (late) #DrinkTheSummer
Thank you Kelsey. Yes, this drink is truly superb. Cheers! 🙂
Lili @ Travelling oven
This looks like the most perfect drink ever, love those flavours! <3 And the photos are just gorgeous dear Aysegul, you captured that light and colour so beautifully!
Oh my friend. Your sweet words are music to my ears. You are so kind.
I love everything about this drink.. It tastes so heavenly and that pink… <3 <3
So glad I found you through #drinkthesummer! This cocktail is all sorts of intriguing, but I can’t wait to read through the rest of your posts, too. Such pretty photography, too. SWOON. 🙂
YAY! I love your blog Em. I am so glad you found me! 🙂 This drink is exactly that intriguing at first and then super yummy!
Beeta @ Mon Petit Four
This looks so tasty and refreshing! I love the clip of Becca making it too. So pretty!
Awww thank you Beeta. GIFs are my new favorite thing. A lot more work than photography, but I really like them. Have you ever tried?
Kate at Eat Boutique
That Blueberry-Honey Syrup is a must-make before end of summer. And I can’t wait to try it in this cocktail. Love the way your mind thinks.
Aww thank you Kate. Yes, I was surprised to hear that it has peppercorns in it. But then with all the other spices, it worked SO SO well. Overall such an elegant and delicious drink. Thank you for your kind words and stopping by. Cheers!
Maggie @ Eat Boutique
This color is an inspiration. I’m looking for all things violet now. Sounds delicious! xo
I agree. Such a beautiful shade of pink/purple. <3
Sophie | The Green Life
How wonderful that she let you publish the recipe! THIS COLOR. Omg it’s beautiful. And gorgeous photos, as always (I know I sound like a broken record) 😉 Just stunning, Ice! <3
Awww thank you Sophie. No you do not sound like a broken record. You can come by and say that to me anytime. Ha ha. 😛
I feel the same way about your photos. They are so light, airy and happy. Not to mention super healthy :))
Thanks so much as always my friend. <3
Brian @ A Thought For Food
This drink… that color… those flavors. What a combo! Also, if I’m ever in Atlanta, I’m definitely checking out this place. It sounds amazing.
Aww Brian. Thank you! If you ever come to Atlanta, please do reach out. I’d love to buy you that drink. :))
Cheers to #DRINKTHESUMMER!