Blueberry Cardamom Champagne Cocktail

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In my family, Christmas means Norwegian Jul bread and krumkake cookies, fragrant with cardamom. Christmas came and went way too fast for me this year, so to keep things festive I decided to make a cardamom infused cocktail. This champagne cocktail is a little sweet, a little tart, and has just the right amount of aromatic, clean, complex, cardamom-y goodness. The cardamom syrup is made with brown sugar and crushed blueberries from our bushes (I froze a couple pounds at the end of the summer) and I bet it would also be amaaaaazing drizzled over pancakes!

Blueberry Cardamom Champagne Cocktail - Christmas winter cocktail garnished with deer anters

RECIPE:

  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/2 oz cardamom blueberry syrup* 
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Top with champagne / a dry sparkling wine

*Cardamom Blueberry Syrup

  • 50g (about 1/4 cup) water
  • 50g (about 1/4 cup) brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup blueberries, approx.
  • 1 tsp cardamom, in a muslin tea bag (you can find empty, drawstring tea bags here)

Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and stir until  the sugar dissolves. Add blueberries and cardamom and simmer until the syrup begins to thicken and the fruit begins to break down. Remove from heat, allow to cool, strain and enjoy. Store in the refrigerator.