Cooking With Honey – Blueberry Lavender Martinis

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I was in Chicago this past weekend and had dinner at the delightful French Bistro Aquitaine. We began with two of their lovely specialty cocktails — I had the Blueberry Lavender Martini made with honey. It was fabulous!

Here is my recreation…

Yield:  2 martinis

Ingredients:

6 large ice cubes

8 oz vodka

3 oz fresh lemon juice

4 Tbsp honey lavender syrup*

12 fresh blueberries, muddled

Directions:

In a martini shaker add the ice, vodka, lemon juice, honey lavender syrup, and muddled blueberries and place top on shaker. Shake until well blended. Pour the drink into the glasses through a strainer, and serve!

*Honey Lavender Syrup:

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup honey

2 Tbsp dried lavender

Heat water until boiling, remove from heat and whisk in honey and lavender, until honey is dissolved. Chill well before using in drinks.

Fourth of July Parfaits

This is an easy and pretty dessert that everyone loves.  It’s lovely served in a glass bowl or parfait glass. You can change the ice cream/sorbet/garnish flavors for other celebrations!

2 quarts Vanilla Ice Cream, softened

2 quarts Raspberry Sorbet, softened

1/4 cup Honey

3/4 cup Blueberries

In 8 bowls or parfait glasses, layer 1/4 cup ice cream, 1/2 cup sorbet, and another 1/4 cup ice cream. Gently mix blueberries with the honey. Garnish each parfait with honeyed blueberries, and serve.

Honey Blueberry Muffins

I’ve loved blueberry muffins since I was a girl.  They’re even better made with honey!

2 1/4 c. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 tsp. baking powder
1 c. milk or buttermilk
6 tbsp. honey
1 egg, beaten
3/4 c. blueberries
1 tbsp. sugar
1/2 c. butter or melted shortening

Wash blueberries and toss in sugar enough to coat (about 1 tablespoon). Sift flour with salt and baking powder.

Combine milk, honey, egg, blueberries and shortening. Add to dry ingredients, stirring quickly just long enough to moisten dry ingredients. Fill lined muffin pans half full.

Bake in 400°F oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Yield: 12 muffins.