Variations and Substitutions
Whether you're looking to use fresh ingredients or you want to go a different route, there are plenty of alternatives.
- Muddle blueberries with plain, or blueberry vodka, for a juicy martini.
- Instead of simple syrup, use elderflower liqueur for floral yet sweet notes.
- Skip the lemon juice and use lime juice instead.
- For a pop of color, use a blueberry vodka with a hint of color, such as Triple Eight Blueberry.
- Add a spoonful of blueberry jam and shake vigorously until the jam has fully dissolved.
You have tons of options should you want to go for a traditional garnish or want a more avant-garde look.
- Pierce one or three blueberries on a cocktail skewer.
- Use a lemon wheel, wedge, or slice or a lemon peel or ribbon to keep that pop of yellow.
- A lime garnish, similar to the lemon garnish, adds a colorful touch.
About the Blueberry Martini
There's no limit when it comes to fruity, or berry, martini flavors these days. Whether you opt for a flavored vodka, muddle the berries, infuse your own vodka, or use a jam to add flavor, a blueberry martini is well within your reach and budget.
Making your own blueberry vodka couldn't be easier. Using a 750mL bottle of unflavored vodka, add the vodka to a resealable glass bottle or jar, leaving some space for the blueberries. Add two pints of clean blueberries to the vodka. Seal and allow the bottle to sit in a cool, dry cabinet for about a week. After seven days, remove the blueberries and enjoy your homemade blueberry vodka. Once you're comfortable with the process, you can layer blueberries with flavored vodkas such as vanilla or lemon.
Blueberry Without Consequences
Unlike Violet Beauregarde you can enjoy your blueberry cocktail without worrying you'll turn violet. With so many ways to make a blueberry martini, all that's left it deciding which blueberry martini approach is your favorite.