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The Bluegrass Recipe

This one ought to be a no-brainer — we add fruit and sugar to our cocktails all the time — but good luck finding a jar of good preserves behind most bars. This really ought to be the next revolution in craft mixology. From sweet berries and apricots to tart orange marmalade, the possibilities for mixing are infinite. Try The Bluegrass, my take on a blueberry summer spritzer.


  • 2 Ounces bourbon
  • ½ Ounce Amaro Montenegro
  • ½ Ounce orange juice
  • 3 sage leaves, divided
  • 1 -2 bar spoonfuls of blueberry preserves or jam
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1 -2 ounce seltzer water
  • Orange peel for garnish


In a pint glass, gently muddle 2 sage leaves until they’re just bruised. Add bourbon, Amaro Montenegro, orange juice, blueberry preserves, and bitters. Shake vigorously, and strain over ice into a mason jar or jam jar. Top with seltzer, and garnish with remaining sage leaf and orange peel.