I heard about Columbine through the rumor mill here in Bend, OR. Who is this cocktail master that I keep hearing of ?. . . finally we met. I was enjoying a necessary libation in salute to my friend's birthday at the Blacksmith. Mid buzz, a self assured sexy blonde woman comes over and offers her acquaintance. The rest? Is up to the future!
Here she is in her own words:
'There is no better smell than walking in the woods after a fresh rain with the crisp sent of juniper and there is nothing better than looking down and seeing a fresh blueberry bush in the middle of nowhere with rich ripe berries. This cocktail takes some of the best that the northwest has to offer (fresh mint, fresh blueberries, and fresh juniper berries) and whips these Northwest goodies into a cocktail.
2.5 ounces Organic Nation Gin
1.5 ounces fresh-squeezed lime juice
1.5 ounces juniper mint syrup
1 ounce organic blueberry purée
To make the juniper mint syrup take 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 1 cup organic mint, and 20 juniper berries and bring to a boil. Let cool, then strain the mint and juniper berries from the syrup.
As for the Blueberry purée, take one cup blueberries and purée in a blender. Add a hint of water if the purée is too pulpy.
Columbine Quillen can be found shaking away at the Blacksmith Restaurant, Bar, and Lounge in beautiful downtown Bend, Oregon.'
The Blacksmith offers up a host of lovely cocktails, a palette satiating menu and one of the few late night hotspots in Bend that you can really cut the rug!
Cheers, till the next amazing mixologist I come across.