It's time to get your muddle on! Summer is perfect for muddled cocktails as the mint by now has taken over the garden and ripe fruit is delicious and plentiful. To muddle a drink, put your herbs or fruit, or whatever the recipe calls for, in the bottom of a sturdy glass or cocktail shaker. Stomp and grind with a muddler (looks like a small baseball bat). I use a PUG muddler, just make sure yours is long enough that your fingers are well away from the rim of the glass or shaker - you don't need to add mashed fingers to you list of woes. Although that would give you more cause to drink... your call. You can also use a wooden spoon for a bit - but you will be much happier and more efficient with an actual muddler of some sort.
Then add your booze, juice and ice and shake away. Swear only a little bit as the mashed pulp gets in the way of your perfect pour as you strain, and you get a little splashy-splashy. Lick fingers (your own) when nobody is looking. Serve. Repeat.
the Cocktail Puppy
1 oz blueberry liqueur or blueberry schnapps
2 oz vodka
handful of mint leaves
handful of blueberries, plus a few extra for garnish
squeeze of lemon, plus some for garnish
Muddle blueberries and mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, add vodka, blueberry liqueur or schnapps, ice, and a squeeze of lemon. Shake and dance. Strain into a glass over ice and garnish with fresh blueberries and lemon.
Top with soda water if desired.