Carolina Blues Blueberry Cocktail

Vivian Howard Blueberry Sauce Cocktail
Carolina Blues Blueberry CocktailMatt Taylor-Gross

A long, cooling cocktail, the Carolina Blues follows the classic Tom Collins blueprint, swapping simple syrup for shrub, soda for prosecco, and lemon juice for lime. The blueberry shrub in this recipe is actually North Carolina chef Vivian Howard's blueberry barbecue sauce, which she uses to glaze chicken, but its makeup is similar enough to a shrub that it can pull double duty.

If you don't have time to make Howard's barbecue sauce, you can buy it here. Alternatively, you can quickly make a proto-shrub by simmering a couple of cups of mashed blueberries with a cup of cider vinegar for ten minutes, then strain and bottle it for future cocktail endeavors.