On special occasions when we feel like living it up, we love going to our favorite craft cocktail bar The Berry & Rye. It is a charming little place and we love the quaint and cozy atmosphere. They have an awesome selection of original craft cocktails and some classics and they have seasonal menus as well. We love trying new cocktails, but one of our standard favorites is the Antoinette. The Antoinette is this seductively gorgeous drink that tastes heavenly and it is sinfully delicious. It is spicy with beautiful burgundy color and it is composed of whiskey, maple syrup, blueberry reduction, fresh Lemon juice, and their House Cinnamon & Clove Bitters. When we first had this cocktail, I became obsessed with recreating it at home, so I first made our own version of cinnamon and clove bitters (Spice & Spirits Cinnamon Clove Bitters) and once the bitters was ready, I married whiskey, maple syrup, lemon juice and pure blueberry juice with couple dashes of the bitters and voilà.
The Antoinette Recipe
- 2 oz rye or bourbon whiskey (I used Bulleit Rye Whiskey)
- 1 oz pure blueberry juice or 1 tsp blueberry reduction or preserve (I used R.W. Knudsen Juice Just Blueberry)
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1/2-3/4 oz maple syrup
- Couple dashes Spice & Spirits Cinnamon Clove Bitters (You can substitute with Fee Brothers Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters)
- Fresh blueberries or lemon twist for garnish
Pour all the ingredients in a shaker. Shake vigorously, stain over big ice sphere or cube and garnish with a lemon twist or fresh blueberries. Enjoy!