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.