Though Labor Day has passed, I’m not ready to say goodbye to summer quite yet. The weather might be getting cooler, but I’m in denial. I’m still enjoying the corn, peaches, tomatoes, and warm summer evenings. As long as summer produce is still here, I see no need to start cooking with squash and apples. Instead, I’m taking advantage of late summer’s bounty by slow roasting tomatoes, devouring slices of watermelon, and snacking on raspberries. But my current favorite summer recipe is not a dish, but a cocktail.
A Blueberry Ginger Smash Cocktail contains freshly muddled blueberries, rum, ginger liqueur, and a whole lot of ice. Like summer, it’s easy and simple, created for nights relaxing on the patio and beach. With the start of school, those nights may be long gone, but luckily this drink is just as delicious in a dorm room. Enjoy it now, before summer fades any further away.
Hillary Pollak is a senior at New York University, where she studies sustainable food. She loves bitter drinks, summer fruit, and homemade ice cream.
Blueberry Ginger Smash
Adapted From The Best Remedy
2 tablespoons blueberries, plus a few additional for garnish
½ ounce lemon juice
½ ounce honey
1 ½ ounces dark rum
½ ounce Domain de Canton ginger liqueur
In a tall glass, muddle the blueberries with the lemon juice and honey until the skin breaks and they turn pulpy.
Fill the glass with ice, then pour in the rum and ginger liqueur. Stir.
Top with soda water and a few blueberries for garnish.