One of our newest cocktails here at the Hartstone Inn is a Maine Blueberry Gin Martini. Many of our guests have really enjoyed this drink and have asked us to publish the recipe. Here is it! (We must give credit to www.boozedandinfused.com for the recipe. We sure hope they use Maine blueberries!)
2 c. gin
2 c. frozen blueberries
1/4 c. sugar
zest of 1 lemon
2 whole cloves
1/2 inch piece of a cinnamon stick
Place the frozen blueberries in a small saucepan. Crush them lightly. Lightly cook them on low for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
After the blueberries are cool, place all ingredients in a quart jar (or larger). Shake and allow to infuse for at least 4 weeks, stirring or shaking occasionally. When it has reached your desired taste, strain and filter through a colander, cheesecloth, jelly bag or coffee filter.
As for the martini, simply shake it on ice and you’re done! Garnish with a lemon twist or a few blueberries. If this all sounds like to much work, join us at 5pm any night of the week for our cocktail hour and we’ll make one for you, complete with a tasty hors d’ oeuvre!