Blueberry Simple Syrup:

  • 1 ½ cups frozen wild Maine blueberries (I use Wyman’s of Maine brand.)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • ½ cup of water

Combine blueberries, sugar, and water in saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat. Simmer 20 minutes. Reduce total volume by 1/3.

Mix the Donkey:

  • 1 ounce of rum (I use Bacardi Gran Reserva Diez Extra Rare Gold Rum.)
  • 1 ounce blueberry simple syrup (above)
  • 1 drop lemon essential oil* (I used Young Living Lemon Essential Oil.)
  • 4 ounces pineapple cider (I used Austin East Ciders.)
  • Freeze-dried blueberries (I used 365 brand from Whole Foods.)

Combine blueberry syrup, lemon oil, and rum. Pour cider over ice and add blueberry rum mixture. Top with freeze-dried blueberries for garnish.

* Be sure to use essential oils that are labeled for internal consumption, like those from Young Living Essential Oils.

What are some of your favorite cocktails?


Written by Chef John O'Neil

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