When I was a little girl growing up in Massachusetts, I learned that the two primary crops of Maine were potatoes and blueberries (and that the state bird was the same as ours – the chickadee).
Now, as a New Yorker for more years than I’ll admit, I’ve discovered a cocktail that combines those two great crops and makes me as happy as when I’m listening to a chickadee. It’s called Maine Lemonade.
Maine Lemonade is a summer concoction created by spiking a glass of lemonade with blueberry vodka. Adding extra ice cubes and a sprig of mint puts it into cocktail category.
The trick, though, is to use Cold River Vodka. Cold River Vodka is a 100 percent Maine potato vodka that is flavored with Wyman’s Wild Maine Blueberries. The flavor of these smaller, more intensely flavored berries is sweetened only slightly, which makes Cold River Vodka the perfect foil for the tartness of lemonade.
And Cold River Blueberry Vodka is a “true” vodka at 80 proof. Remember that as you cope with the fact that summer is, really, almost over.
(But don’t lament for long. Plan a trip to Maine to see the fall foliage. Ideas here.)