Garnished with lemon sugar, this Blueberry Bourbon Smash makes for
one heck of an awesome summer cocktail!
I love northern summers. Growing up in the south, summers were still awesome…but the temperatures could be a bit much at times. When we lived in Atlanta, we’d wake up at 7am on weekends to do yard work because it was too darned hot to do anything outside by 10am. But northern summers are incredible! It could be because the temperature doesn’t tip over 100°F each day, or it could be the mere fact that there’s no snow. Throw in the fact that my grill is in use almost every night, and I am one happy camper!
But can we talk about one of my least favorite parts of summer? Yard work. I really dislike having to go out and mow/weed-eat all the time. I love being outdoors, but I’d rather be in a hammock with a good book. A couple of weeks ago, I spent the entire weekend shoveling mulch. I had no idea what I had gotten myself into when I ordered 6 yards of mulch to be delivered to our driveway. However, (endless wheelbarrow loads later), our yard looked awesome with that fresh layer of mulch around the garden and flower beds. There is something nice about walking barefoot across a recently-mowed lawn and smelling that sharp smell of freshly-cut grass.
Speaking of cutting grass, our neighbor must love the smell of freshly-cut grass. He mows his lawn at least every other day. I’m not kidding. From April-October, I don’t think 48 hours have passed without him out there mowing. I joke that he uses more gas in his lawnmower than in his car. While I certainly don’t mind him keeping his yard looking nice, he always seems to fire up that mower as soon as I lay down in the hammock to read. Oh well, I guess it’s better than the alternative of having a neighbor who never mows, right?
The other day, we decided to get the weekend started off right with some cocktails on the back porch. (Fortunately, the neighbor was out of town, so we didn’t have to worry about his mower.) I’ve always been a fan of whiskey and bourbon, so I decided to whip up a classic bourbon smash. But then I noticed that we had some blueberries in the fridge, so I decided to throw a few of those in there, too. The result? Awesome!
This Blueberry Bourbon Smash just screams, “Drink me on a warm summer afternoon!” So that’s exactly what we did. And to add a fun little twist, I garnished the rims of the glasses with lemon sugar. Oh, and if you think you don’t like whiskey, then do me a favor and try this Blueberry Bourbon Smash first. The citrus, mint and sugar balance the sharp taste of the bourbon to create this tasty summer cocktail!
Is it 5:00 yet? Do you have a neighbor who suffers from “over-mower syndrome”?