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
Makes 1
Rim:
1 Tbsp dried lavender flowers
1 Tbsp maple syrup
Drink:
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!
*Lavender Syrup:
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.
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8 Comments
  1. March 16, 2012 at 03:07
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    love that cocktail..looks awesome

  2. March 16, 2012 at 09:40
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    You make some of the most amazing cocktails! This one has some great flavor notes and the appearance is so vibrant. Deliciously refreshing-well done.

  3. March 16, 2012 at 10:33
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    Geez, that deep colour! And just looking at the photo makes me thirsty... Anyway, you can never go wrong with alcohol, can you? Lol ;-))

  4. March 16, 2012 at 13:01
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    What a beautiful cocktail! You always come up with such wonderful drink recipes. I love lavender and paired with blueberries it must be wonderful! I will have to bookmark this for after the baby is born!!

  5. March 16, 2012 at 16:47
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    You make the most gorgeous cocktails...and they all sound delicious, too!

  6. March 18, 2012 at 15:36
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    Well I may not have Finnish blood like you, Amy, but I'm already loving your St. Urho celebrations with this cocktail. Stunning as ever!

  7. March 20, 2012 at 22:56
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    The color is amazing!

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