The Blue Beetle #2

Hey, I don’t want to alarm anyone, but I actually came up with a more than passable cocktail of (mostly) my own devising. As all eight of my regular readers know, The Pegu Blog is not replete with original recipes. I do try to make up a new concoction from time to time, but I seldom blog about the resulting beverages because they usually lack a certain something… a certain… what shall I call it… Ah yes! A desire to say Oh, that was good! I’d like another!
However, I’ve been in the kitchen a bit lately, preparing possible ingredients for MxMo XXXIII: Made From Scratch, coming to you here and on better blogs across the cocktailosphere in November. And, while blueberry syrup doesn’t really qualify for MxMo (there being no commercial equivalent that I know of), I made some up, according to Alton Brown’s recipe. Even if you don’t like my cocktail idea below, the blueberry soda you can make with this stuff is worth it on its own. It’s quite easy to whip up, but the recipe is a bit long to reproduce here.
My initial intent, when I finished the syrup, was to try it as a substitute for fresh berries in Jacob Grier’s Blue Beetle. But I started having creative thoughts. Instead of lying down until the sensation went away, I thought about how I could riff on Jacob’s recipe.
Here is the original:


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 10-12 blueberries
  • 1/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/3 oz Saint Germaine
  • 1/2 oz lemon juice
  • splash of orange flower water

Most of the world does not have St. Germaine lying around, of course. I do, but that’s irrelevant. I decided to go with Gin, instead of the vodka and St. Germaine. The muddled blueberries and simple syrup became my blueberry cordial. The resulting drink was much darker and brighter in color than Jacob’s, and with a more in your face flavor. But it was a little flat, and I felt it needed just one more note. Rather than going with Orange Flower Water, I tried two heavy shakes of Fee Brother’s Lemon Bitters. This worked like a charm. I had produced an attractive, tasty cocktail!
Now I just hope someone out there tries one too!
So, with a nod to the Corpse Reviver family of drinks, I give you the…


  • 3 oz. Whitley Neil Gin
  • 3/4 oz. Blueberry Cordial
  • 1 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice, strained
  • 2 shakes Fee’s Grapefruit Bitters.

Shake well, and serve with a large twist of lemon.


  1. Jacob

    9 October

    Hi Doug,

    That sounds tasty! Very happy to see one of my drinks going up river and spawning. Or something like that.



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  2. Doug

    9 October

    Not sure whether that deserved a Reynoldsian “Heh”….
    Or an “Ewwww.”

    Anyway, I’d have never even thought of using Blueberries in cocktails if it hadn’t been for good ol’ Ted Kord!

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