True Blood on HBO now has a cocktail to celebrate the romantic nature of the vampire, also a perfect drink for Valentine’s Day. There are no Southern Vampire Mysteries here, only southern goodness with bourbon and Sookie’s Virtue.
1½ parts Basil Hayden’s bourbon
8 red grapes
¾ part lemon juice
¾ part floral tea syrup* (see recipe below)
– Muddle red grapes, raspberries, lemon juice and floral tea syrup in a mixing tin.
– Add Basil Hayden’s bourbon and shake vigorously for 7 seconds.
– Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a grape and raspberry.
* Floral tea syrup: Combine 1 part of your favorite freshly brewed floral tea (jasmine, lavender,chamomile, etc.) with 1 part sugar. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved and refrigerate.
True Blood TV series is based upon the novels by Charlaine Harris.