Sam is a native of Sarasota and one of my favorite bartenders. His loyal island customers call him “The Mayor”. Sam has been making magic at Pattigeorge’s on the Gulf of Mexico Drive in Longboat key for many years.

Sam told me about his spontaneous blueberry mimosa. One Sunday noon, he made a puree of plump, fresh, local blueberries. He muddled them and put the syrup (to taste) in a chilled flute glass. Then he added the blueberry puree to a mimosa (fresh o.j. and sparkling white wine or champagne).

A friend had a sip and ordered one, then another. He made 20 blueberry mimosas before running out of the berries. Now it is a staple for Sunday Brunch.

Brenda C. Hill
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