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Snapshot Saturday – Boom!

July is the month that we, in the United States, celebrate our country’s independence.  Generally speaking, we honor the bravery and determination of our forefathers by having a BBQ, drinking some beer (or beerlike substance) and blowing stuff up!  I love FIREWORKS!!!  The boom, the colors, the majestic pictures in the night sky!  So, this month I’m going share some of my favorite pictures of this year’s fireworks!

5th of July Party

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Thirsty Thursday – Blackberry Martini

Gwen loves vodka, but I’m just not a huge fan.  I’m not a quitter, so I keep trying to find a way to serve it that I’ll actually like, but I’m not having any luck.  This week I chose a flavor I absolutely love, blackberry, to try and make the vodka more pleasant.  I found the recipe on Pinterest, as usual…

The recipe called for some components that you had to prepare in advance – simple syrup and blackberry puree.  I keep simple syrup on hand, but the blackberry puree was easy to make.  It’s exactly what it sounds like… pureed fresh (or frozen) blackberries.  The directions saw to run it through a food processor and a metal sieve, but I used an immersion blender and cheese cloth.  Once I had the puree made, I gathered all of my ingredients: vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, super fine sugar, a lemon, the blackberry puree, simple sugar, and ice.

blackberry martini ingredients

The recipe is to make 4 drinks, but I was the only one drinking tonight, so I reduced to 1/4 of the original amount.  (Well, except the ice…)  I started out by prepping the glass.  I cut my lemon in quarters and sliced one wedge across the middle without cutting through the rind, so it would rest nicely on the edge of the glass.  Then I ran it around the side of the glass to give the superfine sugar something to stick to.

rim the glass with a lemon

Then I set up the sugar for the rim.  If you have a margarita rimmer you’re ahead of the game, if not you can use a plate and spoon.  I made a circle about the same size as my glass out of the sugar on a plate, then I put the juiced glass down in the sugar circle.  I didn’t make the pile of sugar deep enough, so I used a spoon to spread some more sugar higher onto the side of the glass.

sugar circle   sugar rimmed glass

I stuck the glass in the freezer to chill while I mixed the drink.  I filled the shaker with ice, before adding 1/4 ounce each of blackberry puree, simple syrup, lemon juice, and triple sec.  Then I added 2 ounces of vodka and shook for about 10 seconds.

shaker of ice   1/4 ounce blackberry puree   1/4 ounce simple syrup   1/4 ounce lemon juice   1/4 ounce triple sec  2 ounces vodka

Boy goes a shaker get chilly when it’s full of ice…  When everything was well mixed, I poured it into my frosted sugary glass and tasted it…

Blackberry Martini   Blackberry Martini

It looked great, I’d absolutely serve these at a party, but I just don’t like vodka…  Any suggestions on how to change my mind?

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