Texas Bluebonnet

Texas Bluebonnet

Christine’s Texas Bluebonnet

I have not been to Texas in forever and a day.  I spent a weekend in Houston back in the early ‘90s; I also drove my Suzuki Samurai through the state in the mid ‘80s on my trek moving from Florida to California- then back to Florida the next year- then back to California again seven months later.  If you have deduced that I moved a LOT when I was younger, you would be right.

Christine, Suz and Me- try not to have a seizure looking at the clash of patterns.

Christine, Suz and Me- try not to have a seizure looking at the clash of patterns.

In any event, last week when I was in Florida helping to celebrate the birthdays of my friend Susie’s parents, I was reunited with another friend, Susie’s cousin Christine.  Christine moved to the Dallas suburbs years ago, but we have known each other since childhood.  She is a Thirsty Gal fan and told me about a couple cocktail recipes that she and her Texas friends enjoy.  Christine’s Texas Bluebonnet recipe is below-

Texas Bluebonnet

7 or 8 fresh blueberries

4-6 mint leaves

3 oz Deep Eddy’s Lemon vodka

Club soda

Muddle blueberries and mint in a tall glass.  Add ice cubes, then vodka.  Top with club soda and squeeze in a fresh wedge of lemon.  If you like your drink a little sweeter, add some simple syrup.

Deep Eddy's Lemon Vodka

Deep Eddy’s Lemon Vodka

You can use another brand of lemon vodka, but since I’m  going with a Texas theme, you should know that Deep Eddy’s is handcrafted in small batches at its Austin, Texas distillery.  It’s also gluten-free and has no artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup.  So it’s GOOD for us!

Lupinus Texensis

Lupinus Texensis

In case you weren’t aware, the bluebonnet is the Texas state flower. The lupinus texensis is the most commonly seen variety in uncultivated areas within the state according to Texas A&M.  And since the blooming period is between March and May, we should all get out on that open road and check them out!  From the looks of this picture, I can imagine they are a sight to behold.

To me, this recipe and how I came about it is the essence of Thirsty Gals Corner: we are a forum for sharing cocktail recipes and celebrating good times with friends.  I can’t tell you how happy it made me when Christine mentioned the website and told me about some of her favorite drink recipes.  Since we haven’t seen each other for years, it was a conversation starter, even though we didn’t have the ingredients to enjoy her drinks at the party.  Now when I make this drink, I will always think of her and my fun Florida weekend. So as they say in Texas, let’s shoot out the lights; we’ll paint the town and the front porch. (Translation: let’s party!)

How about you?  Do you have any special drinks that you enjoy and would be willing to share with us?  Please let me know, I would love to hear your stories!

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