How to Make the Picnic Blanket, a Cocktail for Berrying Bitterness

Welcome to Boozinette. This is the Picnic Blanket.

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1/2 oz blueberry syrup
  • 2 dash orange bitters
  • 2 dash Peychaud’s bitters
  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

In a small saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Lower heat to a simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, contain, let cool and refrigerate. Use to berry any bitter flavor or feelings of ill will towards Barry.


Pour all liquid ingredients into a mixing glass with ice. Stir al fresco for 25-30 seconds. Fine strain into a lowball over ice. Garnish with blueberries and go outside. Your municipality’s bucolic parks are sorely missing your lachrymose sense of ennui.


David is an artist from Ridgewood, Queens, that makes drinks, drawings, and questionable decisions in the name of scientific regress. You can find him bartending at Huckleberry Bar when he isn’t at his drafting table. Follow him @drawdavedraw.

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