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Wild Blueberry Bourbon Smash

Can you believe that the holiday season has arrived? I know, it snuck up on me too!

It’s that time of year to start planning your holiday menus, and while you’re thinking about the sides and desserts, give some thought to your drink menu, too! Offering up a specialty cocktail to your guests is a fun way to add a little festive flair to your holiday party. And, during this festive season it can’t be any regular old cocktail like a peach margarita. It has to be a holiday-themed cocktail, and here are three tips for making sure it’s seasonal:

1. It has to have some warmth to it. Think darker liquors, fall spices and drinks served hot.
2. It must be festive. Go for vibrant colors and bold flavor.
3. Garnishes are key. Try fresh herbs, fruit, candy canes, sugar rims and whipped cream.

Now, I know we typically think of Wild Blueberries for holiday desserts, brunch and sides but let’s start using them in our festive cocktails! They are the perfect ingredient to add to your holiday drink because Wild Blueberries will give it a beautiful vibrant color. Plus, they’ll pack an antioxidant punch and who doesn’t love a cocktail with some health benefits?! And the best part? Wild Blueberries are available year-round in the freezer aisle of your grocery store, so you can always rely on them being available.

Try my Wild Blueberry Bourbon Smash on for starters. It’s got the warmth from the bourbon. The Wild Blueberries and maple syrup provide sweetness and the mint and lemon help to brighten everything up. And don’t forget the garnishes! Top off your cocktails with some frozen Wild Blueberries and fresh mint leaves for a little more holiday pizazz!

Happy Holidays!

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