We drove along Highway 1, through charming villages and beautiful countryside till we reached our destination just north of Camden, Cedarholm Garden Bay Inn.

From the moment we entered, we could tell that this was a very special place.  We were greeted by two of the owners, Kristin and George, and were told the story of Cedarholm.  Eighteen years ago, Kristin, George and her parents left the noise and hectic lifestyle of New York behind and moved to this tranquil spot and slowly, with their own hands (yes, you heard right) built the lovely cottages and gardens that hug the shore and wind through the dense woods.

I can’t tell you just how lovely and immaculate the cottages and grounds are…not a leaf out of place in the herbaceous borders or vegetable gardens and I can honestly say that I’ve never seen such scrupulously clean rooms…ever!

In the morning we would wake up to the soft purr of the lobster boats going out for the day to inspect their traps.

Then up to the lodge to enjoy a breakfast that always included something freshly baked and the luxury of deciding how we were going to spend our day.

But in the evening, we would come home to our little cottage with it’s deck overlooking the bay and the fields of wildflowers and listen to the lapping of the gentle waves on the shore and the birds singing their final songs.

Those quiet evenings inspired this refreshing summer cocktail.  The infused vodka is a beautiful pink/purple…the color of a Maine sunset.  It is just perfect on hot summer days (or evenings) and it’s family friendly as well…just don’t add the infused vodka.  Serve it with a spoon so that you can nibble on the bites of fruit and cucumber as you sip.

Summer Blueberry Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 - 8 oz. glass

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

A light, refreshing drink...perfect for a hot summer day.

Ingredients:

Ice
1 or 2 slices of cucumber
1 or 2 slices of orange
1 or 2 raspberries
1 or 2 sliced strawberries
10 blueberries
1 ounce blueberry infused vodka (optional) - directions below
3 ounces club soda
3 ounces lemon-lime soda

Directions:

If you want to use the blueberry infused vodka for this recipe, it's quite easy to make. In a glass jar, add freshly washed (organic, if possible) blueberries and good quality vodka. The ratio that I use is 1/2 cup blueberries to 1 cup vodka. Slightly macerate the blueberries (squish with fork). Place jar with blueberries and vodka in the fridge for about 24 hours. Before you serve, use a fine mesh strainer to separate the liquid from the blueberries and store the infused vodka in the fridge.

In an 8 ounce tall glass, add ice. Arrange the fruit and cucumber around the ice. I like to do this so that they don't all float to the top.

Pour in the infused vodka (optional), club soda and lemon-lime soda. Stir.

Serve.

 

Enjoy!