Blueberry Lavander Aquavit Martini and St. Urho’s Day
With all the hype about St. Patty's Day coming up Saturday, lets not forget that tomorrow is St. Urho's Day today! I am a quarter Finnish, so I have to celebrate it in some form! I am not Irish at all, so technically it should mean more to me than St. Patty's. If you are confused as to what I am talking about, St. Urho's day is a a day that originated in Minnesota created by people living here of Finnish decent. It is widely known now across the US, and as the story goes, St. Urho drove the grasshoppers out of Finland to save the grape crops and the vineyards. I can remember my Grandma telling me this story from when I was young, and although it may sound a little silly now, I still find myself wearing purple on St. Urho's day, and cooking something Finnish. This year I thought I would make a cocktail using ingredients native to Finland (some of which are also native to Minnesota). I thought I would give it an aquavit base since aquavit has Scandanavian roots. Blueberries and lavender were the flavors I decided to add to it, since they grow in Finland as well. I decided on wild blueberry jam for the berries because they are not in season in Minnesota right now, and for the lavender I infused an agave syrup so it would be very present. The drink also needed a dash of lemon to balance out the sweet and herbal! It was delicious and refreshing! I guess maybe it isn't quite in line with all of the cheesy St. Urho's day celebrations, but it is an elegant drink with Finnish roots...and I can drink what I want on St. Urho's day! If you would like to experience one for yourself, here is the recipe! You don't have to be Finnish to enjoy it!
Blueberry Lavender Aquavit Martini
1 Tbsp dried lavender flowers
6 large ice cubes
4 oz aquavit
1 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp agave lavender syrup*
2 Tbsp blueberry jam
To make rim, place maple syrup on a small plate, and dried lavender on another. Dip half the rim of martini glass into the syrup, then into the lavender mixture, and place in the freezer to chill while you make drink. In a martini shaker add the ice, aquavit, lemon juice, lavender syrup, and blueberry jam and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Remove glass from freezer and pour the drink into the glass through a strainer, and serve!
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp dried lavender
Heat water until boiling, remove from heat and whisk in agave nectar and lavender, until nectar is dissolved. Chill well before using in drinks.