Here she is, the final recipe from 2012's 4th of July.

I discovered St-Germain while I was living in New York City. While working on competitive research for a presentation that my company was giving to Cointreau, I searched out a number of competitors and fell upon St-Germain. The liqueur comes from France, where elderflowers are picked for a few short weeks every year. Due to the limited resources, only so many bottles of St-Germain are produced each year, making it exceedingly special and rare.

Quick little warning...this drink is potent. The only liquids in the recipe are pure alcohol. Any other liquids come from melted ice, juices from the fruit, etc. That being said, this drink has the potential to sneak up on you without much notice.

That friendly notice aside...this drink is delicious. The combination of flavors compliment each other so well. I initially thought that the alcohol would overpower all of the other flavors, but that was not that case at all. In fact, they worked perfectly together. The recipe calls for mint leaves, but in my absent-mindedness, I forgot to pick mint from out backyard and bring them to the lake house. I was worried that I would be able to tell that something was missing... Nope! I think the Blueberry Smash would be great with mint, but it is not an ingredient that is an absolute must. Feel free to try it both ways! That's the great thing about cooking - if it doesn't seem right, you can tweak the ingredients, add things, etc. Make it your own!

It is strange to think that today is July 19th. That means that it is almost August, that I will be turning 25-years old in 15 days, that schools will be starting up again in about a month's time, that my TV shows will be beginning again. I hate to say it, but summer is approaching the home stretch. So take advantage of all it has to offer - the summer heat, the humidity, the summer thunderstorms, the days at the beach or pool.

Make Summer 2012 the best it can be - end it with a bang!

Blueberry Smash

2 lemons, sliced into rounds 2 limes, sliced into rounds 1 cup fresh blueberries 1/2 cup (loosely packed) fresh mint leaves plus sprigs for garnish 1 1/2 cups vodka 3/4 cup St-Germain (elderflower liqueur)

  • Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, coarsely mash lemon and lime slices, blueberries, and mint leaves in a large pitcher. Stir in vodka, St-Germain, and 2 cups of ice cubes.
  • Divide drink among coupe or highball glasses; top with more ice cubes. Garnish each drink with a mint sprig.