Blue Beetle cocktail

Blue Beetle cocktail

Here’s another drink I came up with the for the DC blogger buffet. I didn’t have any vodka drinks on the menu and wanted to put something on there for people who go for fruit-and-vodka drinks. I never make this kind of thing, so this was a challenge.

I’d recently picked up a bottle of Saint Germaine elderflower liqueur and immediately thought of pairing it with blueberries. The combination worked fairly well as a standard sour, but was still falling a little flat. The orange flower water I keep on hand for gin fizzes was just the thing to liven it up. After a bit of tweaking, I finally settled on the following recipe:

2 oz vodka
10-12 blueberries
1/4 oz simple syrup
1/3 oz Saint Germaine
1/2 oz lemon juice
splash of orange flower water

Blue Beetle cocktailMuddle together the simple syrup and blueberries, then shake over ice with the other ingredients. Strain into a cocktail glass. (The photos show it served on the rocks, but I no longer do this.)

The drink is made with blueberries and vodka. It comes out pink. It’s a bit girly. But damn it, I like it, and so has everyone else who’s tried it. I guess I’m stuck with this one in my spring lineup at the home bar.

And in case you’re wondering, yes, I did name the drink after Ted Kord.

[Photos by David Barzelay.]

Previously: Earl of Pegu


  1. Lemmonex says:

    I know vodka drinks are kinda sissy, but I loved this.

  2. bettyjoan says:

    Ditto to Lemmonex–I really enjoyed this one. And NOT just because it’s deliciously pink. :-)


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