Tonight I mixed this for D., from scratch, given what we had in the refrigerator and on the shelf.
In a mixing glass, muddle eight blueberries with the juice of one key lime and one teaspoon of granulated sugar. Shake with eight ounces of seltzer. Crush ten or so cubes of ice, and fill the glass. Pour the mixed drink over the ice, and garnish with blueberries.
My sister has given me a challenge: to make a mint julep without bourbon. This is quite a challenge considering that bourbon is the essential ingredient without which one does not have a julep. But perhaps we might come close with a cola — not that bourbon and Coca-Cola taste alike, but that each might serve a similar purpose as the foundation of the drink.
So the first attempt was this, and while good on its own merits, does not taste anything like a mint julep.
In a glass, muddle eight leaves of mint with a teaspoon of sugar. Crush ten or so cubes of ice, and fill the glass. Pour in 4 oz. of Pepsi-Cola, and stir. Serve to your teetotalling friends, if you have any.
This is a modification of the Raspberry Fizz by Sebastian Reaburn found in Food & Wine Cocktails 2010. I didn’t have raspberries to hand, but blackberries were. I’ve made one, for the wife. She would let me make another.
Muddle eight blackberries in a shaker. Add ice, 1 oz. of lemon juice, and a squirt of agave nectar. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass and fill with seltzer water. (I just tossed the mix in, since the liquid wasn’t straining past the blackberries.)