The “V” cocktail. Named for my friend Veronika Miller who is the vivacious founder, editor and CEO of the Internet design publication known as Modenus. I met Veronika through the magic of social media and Twitter. We took a liking to each other immediately through my studied mastery of Cocktail Whispering. Now, several weeks into the series known as Friday Cocktails, I’ve decided to honor my friend. I’ve created a simple drink that can be made with the minimum of ingredients- all of them easily purchased and produced, even by amateur mixologists!
The V cocktail weaves a dreamy spell over the drinker like gauze curtain draped over an open window- billowing the shades with every wisp of the breeze. Like all my cocktail creations- I do not recommend enjoying more than two of them. Why? They tend to creep up and make words hard to pronounce and your legs hard to stand on. In a few moments the sound of your belly laugh will become hazy in the distance and the blur that you see in front of your eyes is not those lovely window treatments-but a kaleidoscope of aromas and sounds woven into intoxication.
Simplicity is the key to this assignment and now, without further ado, the V Cocktail.
- Aromatic Gin (Like Hendrick’s)
- Blueberries (muddled and frozen into ice cubes w/water and sugar to taste)
- Blueberry simple syrup (combine water, blueberries and sugar into a syrup)
- Freshly squeezed grapefruit and lemon juice
- Seltzer water
- Dry Vermouth (just a tiny bit)
(Makes two rather strong, yet beguiling drinks)
- Muddle blueberries (I prefer Maine Wild Blueberries, but you can use frozen as well) in a mixing bowl with a bit of sugar to taste, add water to cover and let sit overnight to combine flavors. (Reserve about ½ cup of the simple syrup for the cocktail)
- Add blueberry mixture to an ice cube tray and freeze until firm, you may need to add more water as necessary to make a firm cube of ice.
- To a cocktail shaker ½ full with regular ice, add 4 shots of the gin and a tiny splash of dry Vermouth as if you are making a Martini. Add a splash of the grapefruit and the lemon juices. Add 2 tablespoons of blueberry mixture. Shake well until a frost appears on the glass. Will have a gorgeous bluish color.
- Pre-chill a Martini glass and add a Blueberry Ice Cube.
- Strain the drink into and over the specialty ice cube. Add a splash of seltzer to add sparkle!
Enjoy and toast my friend Veronika who has granted me this weekly, creative cocktail-driven outlet.
Thank you V!
Editors note: We want to thank Warren for this very special honour and Winston, thanks for knowing a good cocktail when you see one.