I have not joined in on motherhood just yet, but I have talked to enough mothers to realize they all seem to have one piece of advice in common. When you want to pull your hair out from children running around all day like a bunch of mini maniacs, you instead take a deep breath and make yourself a nice cocktail.
I would watch one of my favorite mother’s make herself a cocktail and literally the world would stop as she slowly sipped her cocktail in relaxation. Her children would scream and run into the room and she would pretend as if they weren’t there while she kept on sipping. I would laugh so hard realizing that sometimes you have to do what you gotta do to get by in this world, and a refreshing cocktail isn’t so bad of an option. And honestly, with it being summer, how can you not put every berry in your cocktail shaker?! They are sweet little bursts of flavor and nuggets of happiness. Pair them with lemon vodka and some herbs and winner winner chicken dinner!
My take on the perfect summer cocktail was inspired by one of my favorite college bars that would put popsicles in your cocktail to keep them cold. Instead of popsicles (although that might come as a later recipe!), I decided to make blueberry ice cubes that would keep your cocktail ice cold without watering it down. You pack as many blueberries into your ice cube molds as possible, pour a little water over them until they are covered, and then freeze! Pop them out and use them as a new ice cold garnish for your cocktail. Berry simple syrups are also a special touch that I created in this recipe. All you have to do to make a simple syrup is place equal parts sugar and water into a small pot and bring just to a boil and then turn off the heat. If you desire (like I did in this recipe), add herbs like basil, mint, thyme, etc. to steep while it cools to room temperature. Strain out the herbs and store in an airtight container and keep for future cocktails!
Bonus tip: If you are in a hurry and don’t have time to cool your simple syrup, add less water to your sugar mixture and instead drop a few ice cubes after it comes to a boil to cool down faster. So next time it’s a busy day at work or a hectic day at home with the kids, just remember, it’s time for a cocktail!
2 oz Lemon Vodka 1 oz lime juice 2 T strawberry simple syrup* 3 ea basil leaves 2 blueberry ice cubes* More regular ice cubes to shake with
Small ounce measuring cup or shot glass Cocktail shaker Muddler Fine mesh strainer Your favorite cocktail glass
To make strawberry simple syrup, combine 1⁄2 cup sugar, 1⁄2 cup water, and 8 strawberries in a small saucepot. Bring just to a boil and then chill till no longer warm in refrigerator. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain syrup into a container and discard strawberries.
To make blueberry ice cubes, fill your ice cube molds with as many blueberries as possible!
Then pour water over until covered and freeze until solid. This ensure your cocktail stays cold while it doesn’t water down your drink!
In a cocktail shaker, combine basil, lemon vodka, lime juice, and chilled simple syrup. Muddle until basil is well broken up. Add a few ice cubes to the shaker and shake until well combined and chilled. Using your favorite cocktail glass, pour cocktail through the fine mesh strainer over blueberry ice cubes and enjoy!
After years in the restaurant industry, Lorin began her blog A Modern Muse as a platform to share how she lives a well-balanced life, sharing recipes, photos, and how she stays healthy while still finding time to indulge.