Blueberry Cheesecake Martini with Peppercorns

January 4th, 2011 - 2:10am by Slye Fox

Ever since finding a bottle Blueberry Vodka at the liquor store, I've been wanted to try to make something with some sort of cracked peppercorn additive. I had this strange flavor combination for the first time in a dessert at the Dakota restaurant years ago when they were still in Bandana Square. It works brilliantly. Like salt on watermelon, the pepper brings out the blueberry flavor and adds a unique bite to the aftertaste.

I first tried mixtures of the blueberry vodka with Absolut Peppar, but that wasn't quite right. Also, the drink was clear and the only blue addition would be Blue Curacao or some artificial coloring. So I decided via some trial and error that a homemade blueberry infused vodka was the answer along with cracked peppercorns as a garnish. Using real blueberries yields a vodka that absorbs much more flavor and color from the fruit's skins.

To stay true to the Dakota dessert I once had, I added additional flavors reminiscent of a classic cheesecake martini with the blueberry vodka instead of the typical cranberry juice.

  • 4 oz Blueberry-infused Vodka
  • 1 oz Vanilla Vodka
  • splash of Pineapple Juice
  • Fresh Peppercorns in a Mill
  • Fresh Blueberries

Chill an up glass with crushed ice and water. Shake all liquid ingredients with ice in a shaker until it sweats and strain into the glass. Grind a generous amount of peppercorns onto the martini foam. Spear 3 or 4 blueberries with a skewer and lay across the glass rim.

January 4, 2011 - 11:19am
Whittier says:

I had no idea you kept this blog! Bookmarked!

January 4, 2011 - 2:06pm
lisianthia says:

Is the drink blue? My screen is showing it as reddish.

January 5, 2011 - 2:43pm
Slye Fox says:

It's really a deep purple. I had the lighting in my setup a little too intense.

January 4, 2011 - 10:40pm
A Stranger says:

Another delicious looking drink! I have never thought of blueberry and peppercorn together, but I am very excited to try this. I love making new drinks that are unique!

January 5, 2011 - 2:36pm
Margaret says:

Dear god I wish I could try that. Those are two of my favorite flavors! :D

January 5, 2011 - 2:42pm
Slye Fox says:

Any reason you can't? Sounds like I have a martini with your name on it. ;)

January 5, 2011 - 2:54pm
Margaret says:

I dont drink.

January 5, 2011 - 3:02pm
Slye Fox says:

Ah - I see. Well the next time you find yourself doing battle with a slice of blueberry cheesecake, break out the pepper mill and give it a shot. ;)

January 5, 2011 - 3:04pm
Margaret says:

will do! :)