Blueberries at the Bar

(Photo by Roy Adkins)

Three blueberry-inspired drink recipes from Southern hotspots

Chefs aren’t the only ones taking advantage of fresh, local ingredients. Around the South and beyond, mixologists are also finding new ways to usher in the seasons. In this case, blueberry season.

The folks at Parlor Market in Jackson, Mississippi, are taking these in-season berries straight from the bushes to the bar for a cocktail all their own: the Blues Cat. The drink is a delightful and unconventional mingling of flavors, combining blueberries, basil, lemon, rosemary, cinnamon, and a generous pour of locally distilled Cathead Vodka. Chef and owner Craig Noone admits the recipe came about thanks to a happy accident. “We had a ton of extra blueberries and basil from the farmer's market,” he says. “We were just a few guys experimenting.” Experiment or not, we’ll take one, please.

Blues Cat
Parlor Market; Jackson, Mississippi
Serves 1

3 oz. Cathead Vodka
15 blueberries
5-8 basil leaves
1 oz. lemon juice
1 oz. rosemary infused simple syrup

Muddle the blueberries and basil leaves together. Combine remaining ingredients, shake, and strain over flaked ice. Garnish with additional blueberries, basil, and freshly grated cinnamon.

For more ways to put blueberries in your glass, check out these cocktail recipes from other Southern hotspots:

Southern Blues
Husk; Charleston, South Carolina

Violet Beauregarde
Bottega Restaurant and Café; Birmingham, Alabama