Oregon Blush is a delicious cocktail perfect for Valentine’s Day made from marionberry infused vodka with lemon juice, simple syrup, and champagne.
Okay, I’m well aware that most everyone reading this post doesn’t have Marionberry Vodka on their liquor shelve, let alone knows what a marionberry is. If you live in Oregon, you most certainly know what a marionberry is. If you don’t know, allow me to tell you. A marionberry is a cross between the Chehelem and Olallie blackberries that was developed at Oregon State University. Berries are huge here in my neck of the woods, and marionberries account for half of all the blackberries grown in this gorgeous state. And despite what you might think, I’m not one of those types who knows these random facts… I can usually thank wikipedia for any fun fact I post on this blog.
I was at the Farmer’s Market one Sunday last summer, as I am every Sunday, and Wild Roots had a stand next to ProFarm Produce where I pick up my CSA produce box. They were offering samples. Well, I couldn’t be rude and decline, so of course I did the nice thing and sampled all of the infused vodkas they had to offer. Wow. It was like drinking the best marionberry jam that ever existed. I’m not writing a sponsored post either. They didn’t pay me to write about their vodka. In fact, they have no idea who I am. But I have no problem telling you about products or brands that I love. I don’t know if they ship or not, but if you can get your hands on some of this stuff, you will agree its fantastic. They have a lot of recipes on their website, too, which I used to make this cocktail (but I tweaked it a bit to add more of a sweet and tart lemonade taste).
I’m sure there are lots of places to find berry infused vodka or you could always make your own, but this stuff really is amazing. Isn’t it the most beautiful color too? Absolute perfect for Valentine’s Day, or summer time, or when the kids or at school. Who am I kidding. This is a good drink any time!
- 2 ounces marionberry vodka
- 1 ounce simple syrup
- 1 ounce lemon juice
- top with champagne
- To make simple syrup, combine equal parts of sugar and water in a pot, heat until fully dissolved, then chill.
- In a tall ice filled glass, pour in berry infused vodka, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Swirl glass to mix. Top with champagne. That's it!