Blueberry Infused Vodka Lemonade

August 3, 2011

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Every time my fiancé and I go down to visit his family in NC, his dad ribs me about all the rednecks we come across. Like I’m some fish-out-of-water, ain’t never seen no rednecks before, “city girl.” I always have to remind him that I hail from East Tennessee where the moonshine flows steady and the rednecks are aplenty. Heck, I grew up learning all the versus of Rocky Top (yeah, there’s more than one and a chorus) and, when necessary, I can speak with more twang that Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama. Don’t doubt my hillbilly street cred.

And I can handle a strong mountain drink. I’ve sampled moonshine freshly bought off an unmarked tree stump, deep in the woods. No I didn’t buy it, but I tasted it. And it was crazy strong. And sometimes you can get fruit flavored too. But now I’m all off track. The point is, a stiff drink never hurt anybody and vodka is about as close as you’re gonna get to moonshine in these here parts. So, I give you a blueberry infused vodka lemonade drink that will cool you off and put some hair on your chest. Drink it any way you like, but the preferred method is from a mason jar while sitting in a rocking chair on the front porch and sweating through your blouse. A paper fan is optional, but time is not. You’ll need at least 12 hours for this southern comfort.

Ingredients: (makes 2 drinks)

vodka

1/2 cup fresh blueberries

1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 teaspoon sugar

lemonade

lemon slices for garnish

Directions: Put the fresh blueberries in the bottom of a mason jar.

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Get some decent vodka. No Popov. (Sorry, Popov, my college days are long gone but you did serve me well and I’ll never forget you!)

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Pour it over the berries, filling the mason jar.

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Reminiscent of moonshine, no? No idea what I’m talking about? Course not…

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Use a fork to mash up the berries in the bottom. Put on the lid and store in the fridge for at least 12 hours to allow the blueberries to infuse into the vodka.

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The vodka will turn cloudy right away, and will become purplish the longer it infuses.

Once the 12 hours (or 24, or 36)  are up, strain the vodka. Save those liquor-soaked berries for garnish! We don’t want perfectly good fruit going to waste.

In a small bowl, thaw out the frozen berries and  mix with sugar. In a fresh mason jar (or serving glass of your choice), pour in the sugared berries (divided between two jars) and add a bunch of ice.

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Pour in one part blueberry vodka and two parts lemonade. Give it a good stir. Add a few of the vodka-soaked blueberries and a slice of lemon for garnish.

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Ahhh, that’ll do the trick!

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Emil Gatone September 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

A amazing refreshing vodka drink

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courtney September 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm

im super excited i wat to make this for our engagement party…i bought a 2 gallon mason jar drinks dispenser….how do make this recipe for 2 gallons???

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Dawna September 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm

Its really up to you. I used 3 pints of blueberries for 1.75 of vodka.

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 8, 2012 at 8:29 am

Courtney, I’m so glad to hear you are trying this out for your engagement party. For such a large batch, you’ll need to use several pints of blueberries (fresh and frozen) and maybe 2 -3 cups of sugar. Keep the lemonade/vodka ratio the same as you would in the individual serving, unless you want a stronger drink for your guests. You’ll have to do a bit of guessing and experimentation. I hope it turns out great!

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NatteringNic August 31, 2012 at 1:36 pm

I LOVE this recipe! I’ve done 3 batches so far this summer for different get togethers. It is a can’t miss!!!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods September 8, 2012 at 8:34 am

Wonderful! So glad you like!

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Dawna August 30, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I had this in Vegas and it was delicious!!! I am making it now to enjoy this Labor Day weekend. I didn’t get a mason jar, I just used a regular pitcher. I think it will work just fine. (I hope!!)

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Karinne June 8, 2012 at 2:18 pm

I am soo trying this for my next party! The mason jar looks like a 16oz/pint jar and u can get 12 at Walmart for $9 or online…for the person below! Can’t wait to try!

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Suz G June 1, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Love this! Mouth is watering as I type…is it 5:00 yet? Lol Thanks for the recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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takeera May 30, 2012 at 2:13 pm

What size mason jar is that, and i never know where to buy a set of empty ones. btw great recipe, love the color of this drink, can’t wait to try.

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tanya May 29, 2012 at 12:26 pm

mmmm…now I know what to do with those blueberries I bought!

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Rachel May 28, 2012 at 12:22 pm

As I’m writing this, I have a bottle sitting in the fridge, infusing with blackberries (since I didn’t have any blueberries handy). I am SO excited to try this! Vodka is by far my favorite liquor and, where I am, the hot days demand a cool drink. Thanks for the recipe!

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Jennifer May 23, 2012 at 10:14 am

Oh, my, heavens! I’m so on this recipe! Wow.

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Heidi @foodiecrush May 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm

We all need to keep in touch with our inner hillbilly don’t we? Uh yeah, this is my road to hillbillyville. Lovely.

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jen May 11, 2012 at 11:33 am

Wow, oh how this is going to be a very dangerous yet yummy drink. Love it!

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Ginny Edgmon April 8, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Im also from E. Tn. and I cant wait to try this we have friends that just moved from CA I think Ill share a little southern hospitality with them!

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Michelle March 22, 2012 at 10:33 pm

I steep fresh pineapples for a few days covered with vodka….its sooooo good….serve in a matrini glass and garnish with a slice of pineapple.

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ashley fann February 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I love this! and i’m thinking about using it as a signature cocktail at my wedding (though possibly more lemonade, less vodka. don’t really want totally schnockered guests – ha!)

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 20, 2012 at 7:05 pm

Great idea for a spring or summer wedding! Hope you guests love it. Good call on more lemonade, less vodka. Enjoy!

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Rachel February 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Made this last night with a baja chicken taco recipe my mom gave me which I uploaded here if anyone is interested. It was all fantastic!

http://i.imgur.com/Vl70Z.png

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vanessa February 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

Will be making this for the Super Bowl. Can you tell me what kind of Lemonade you used and if you add sugar to the lemonade? I noticed that there was sugar at the bottom of the drink.

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods February 4, 2012 at 9:51 am

I used an organic, pre-sweetened lemonade. Add a little sugar to the vodka soaked berries before serving to your guests.

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Patti January 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm

You are hilarious, loved your colorful remarks!!! This drink sounds delish, thanks for sharing!!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 27, 2012 at 9:21 pm

I promise it’s unintentional. Glad you liked the post!

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Rachel January 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

could you use any other kinds of fruit in place of the blueberries? raspberries or strawberries maybe?

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 26, 2012 at 8:56 am

Sure! Any fruit should work. Enjoy!

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Aparna E. August 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I love how when you list the ingredients, there is no measurement for the vodka. That’s priorities right there. This sounds awesome! Will need to try :)

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

Haha! It’s roughly 2 cups but it all depends on the size of the mason jar you choose. ;)

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Christy January 25, 2012 at 12:47 am

hahaha.. yes there is ..the measurement for the vodka.. Pour in one part blueberry vodka and two parts lemonade..{aprox. 1/3 cup lol}

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Jess August 5, 2011 at 3:25 pm

How I loved all the redneck references! My love of vodka will def not be missing out on this! Also, think you that I could use crystal lite lemondae for my calorie conscious self?

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Glad you enjoyed it! ;) Any light lemonade would work just fine.

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Laura August 5, 2011 at 10:18 am

This looks fantastic! I will definitely have to try it. Hopefully you guys can come over for some cocktails soon!! We will put this on the menu.

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 5, 2011 at 11:17 am

Yes! Must do! Can’t wait for you to get to DC! xoxo

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Brooke August 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

So do you put it in the fridge or freezer for 12 hours?

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 4, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Either should work, since it’s vodka. I just stuck it in the fridge so I wouldn’t forget. ;)

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Kelly August 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

What a brilliant idea, this looks gorgeous!! Perfect summer cocktail :) So glad I found your blog, new follower! xoxo

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 4, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Thank you, Kelly! Welcome to my blog!

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marla August 3, 2011 at 11:30 pm

This cocktail is stunning. Anything with fresh blueberries is grand in my book :)

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

Thank you, Marla!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 3, 2011 at 11:12 pm

i love infusing vodka! have you tried plum-ginger? it’s awesome too. :)

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 4, 2011 at 6:59 am

That sounds amazing!

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Baking N Books August 6, 2011 at 11:26 pm

Ditto – plum and ginger? I love ginger…

Love the color of this drink! And lol about the “good vodka” – oh yes, I have some bad memories of college nights gone awry with cheap vodka coolers ;)

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Lauren at Keep It Sweet August 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

This drink looks amazing! I may have to try it this weekend!!

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Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods August 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Go for it! :)

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