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Continuum Distilling Blueberry ContinuRum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen and Edward F. Nesta   
Continuum Distilling Blueberry ContinuRum
Head Distiller and Founder Brandon Collins has been having fun creating new spirits at Continuum Distilling, in Waterbury, Connecticut. Made with Connecticut blueberries, Continuum Distilling Blueberry ContinuRum is hands down delicious! Made from 100% blackstrap molasses and lots of fresh blueberries, it is easy to drink, and easy to love. Blueberry ContinuRum works well sipped over ice, used in cocktails, or to add a little extra flavor and a kick to culinary recipes! Cheers!


Continuum Distilling ContinuRumProduct Information: Blueberry ContinuRum is a unique craft rum made with 100% blackstrap molasses and lots of blueberries. 45% alcohol (90 proof), available in 750 ml at $30 bottle.  

Bottle notes: "We are dedicated to distilling exceptional, unique spirits with minimal use of new raw materials, utilizing re-purposed items/equipment in our process and limiting our water consumption. Using local breweries' reclaimed materials is the key to our success in crafting our spirits. Pour yourself a drink and Maintain the Continuum."  

Tasting Notes: Our bottle of Blueberry ContinuRum was Batch # BB-06. The color is a rich, deep purple. The nose is aromatic with sweet notes of dark fruit and ripe blueberries. On the palate, Brandon Collins has captured the essence of ripe blueberries and harnessed them into a delectable, handcrafted blueberry rum that is delicious sipped over ice or used in a variety of cocktail and culinary recipes.  

Luxury Experience was "In the kitchen and behind the bar®" creating some incredibly special handcrafted cocktail and culinary recipes to tempt your palate and inspire your own creations using Blueberry ContinuRum.  

Luxury Experience - Blueberry ContinuRum Cocktail and Culinary Menu 


The Cocktail Menu
Luxury Experience - The Blue Diamond
Luxury Experience - Blue Greyhound Martini
Luxury Experience - Blueblood


The Culinary Menu
Blueberry Ice Cream with Blueberry Crisp


The Cocktails 

Luxury Experience - The Blue Diamond - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - The Blue Diamond 
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass: 4-ounce Flute 

Cava (sparkling wine from Spain) cocktails are an easy and elegant way to dress up a party and add a festive touch to any occasion. Luxury Experience - The Blue Diamond cocktail takes its name from the Blueberry ContinuRum, which gives it a gorgeous blue color. As this cocktail is a "sparkler" we named it in honor of the most famous of the blue diamonds, the Hope Diamond. 

Blueberry ContinuRum
Lemon peel, garnish

Method: Add the ingredients in order given to a flute glass.  

Luxury Experience - Blue Greyhound Martini  - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Blue Greyhound Martini Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass: Martini Glass 

Luxury Experience - Blue Greyhound Martini is our take on a classic Greyhound cocktail, which traditionally is made with vodka and grapefruit juice. Our version uses Blueberry ContinuRum, Extra Dry Vermouth, pink grapefruit juice, and agave for a tasty cocktail that will have you racing for another! 

Extra Dry Vermouth
Pink Grapefruit Juice
Fresh Blueberries, garnish

Method: Add all ingredients to a shaker with 4 ice cubes, shake hard and strain into a chilled Martini glass. Garnish with 3 blueberries on a cocktail skewer. 

Luxury Experience - Blueblood - photo by Luxury Experience 

Luxury Experience - Blueblood
Yield: 1 Cocktail
Glass: Fancy Wine Glass  

Luxury Experience - Blueblood takes its name from Blueberry ContinuRum and Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa (Blood Orange) Italian Sparkling Beverage. Enhanced with Fees Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters, this is a very tasty and refreshing cocktail.  

Cocktail Ingredients: 

Sanpellegrino Aranciata Rossa
Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters
Large Peel, garnish

Method: Add ice to fancy wine glass. In a mixing glass, add all ingredients, stir, and pour over ice. Garnish with orange peel.

Culinary Recipes

Luxury Experience - Blueberry Ice Cream with Blueberry Crisp - photo by Luxury Experience

Luxury Experience - Blueberry Crisp with Spirted Blueberry Ice Cream  

Crisps are a favorite New England dessert, and Luxury Experience - Blueberry Crisp with Spirted Blueberry Ice Cream uses fresh blueberries, lemon zest, sugar, and Blueberry ContinuRum in the filling. The topping, where the crisp name comes in, is a delectable blend of oats, flour, butter, brown sugar, nutmeg as Connecticut is the Nutmeg state, and Trader Joe's Honey Roasted Sliced Almonds that is spread evenly over the blueberry filling and baked in the oven. Served warm with Luxury Experience - Spirted Blueberry Ice Cream, this dessert is delicious (and spirited) comfort food. Bring on the antioxidants!  

Blueberry Ice Cream Ingredients - Part 1 

Dried Blueberries

Method: Add the dried blueberries and the Blueberry ContinuRum to a glass jar. Cover and let rest several days before making the ice cream. Note: Dried blueberries will soak up the rum and will help keep the ice cream from freezing solidly. 

Blueberry Ice Cream Ingredients - Part 2 

Half & Half (or Light Cream)
Heavy Cream

Method: Beat eggs and Half & Half in a large saucepan. Add sugar. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened (approximately 12-15 minutes).  Mixture should smoothly coat the spoon (do not boil). Cool, then add vanilla and heavy cream and stir mixture, cover and refrigerate overnight. 

Depending on your ice cream machine add the Blueberry ContinuRum mixture to the ice cream mixture and pour in machine or start mixing ice cream mixture in machine for a few minutes and then add the Blueberry ContinuRum mixture.   

Blueberry Crisp Filling Ingredients 

Fresh Blueberries
Brown Sugar
Lemon Zest

Crisp Topping Ingredients 

Brown Sugar
Ground Nutmeg
Trader Joes Honey Roasted Sliced Almonds

Method: Butter a large and shallow covered casserole dish. Combine the filling ingredients in a bowl. Spread the filling over the bottom of the prepared pan. 

Add the crisp topping ingredients to a food processor and process to combine. Press the topping lightly and evenly over the blueberries. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 degrees Celsius) until top is golden and blueberries are bubbly, about 30 minutes.  

Presentation: Serve crisp warm topped with Luxury Experience Spirited Blueberry Ice Cream.

We hope that you enjoy trying Luxury Experience's cocktail and culinary recipes, and that they inspire you to create your own recipes. Cheers, its cocktail time!  

Continuum Distilling - ContinuRum, Drops, Charred

Continuum Distilling Exceptional Craft Spirits Product Line:  

ContinuRum, a unique craft rum, made with 100% blackstrap molasses. 45% alcohol (90 proof), available in 750 ml at $30 bottle.  

Charred, their flagship "beer whiskey" made from brown ales, stouts & porters. Aged on local wood staves for a rich toasted flavor. 48% alcohol by volume (96 proof), available in 375 ml ($30 bottle) and 750 ml ($55) bottles. 

Drops, distilled from CT crafted IPAs, double-distilled and unaged, which gives it its characteristic "floral, bright and hoppy flavor" with hop forward nose, herbaceous, citrus, and floral notes. 46% alcohol by volume (92 proof). Drops retails for $35 for a 750 ml bottle.  

Read about Continuum Distilling Drops and Continuum Distilling Charred with more great Luxury Experience's Culinary and Cocktail Recipes in the Liquor Cabinet section.  

Continuum Distilling Team
Head Distiller Brandon Collins, Jim Baronowski,
Jason Sobocinski, Tyler Jones, Tom Sobocinski

Background Information on Continuum Distilling  

"Usually distiller's beer is comprised of only the most basic grains with the purpose of extracting the most sugar possible to obtain an optimal efficient conversion into alcohol.  We discovered that there are multiple steps in the brewing process where ingredients, such as sugars, fermented out beer with yeast in suspension, and flavorful solids can all be recouped and repurposed for distilling.  It would be extremely expensive to attempt to recreate these flavors as beers and distill them for a spirit, but when these delicious compounds can be utilized using disposed waste or "trimmings" from the brew process...that is when sustainability and innovation marry to make something exceptional! Continuum strives to be resourceful in our process by minimizing our usage of raw materials, repurposing items/equipment for the distilling and aging process and limiting our water consumption to produce truly unique and exceptional spirits with as little footprint as possible."  

For more information on Continuum Distilling, purchasing their products, or visiting them in Waterbury, Connecticut, please call them at +1-203-725-3291 or visit their website: 

Continuum  Distilling - Waterbury, CT, USA

Continuum Distilling
2066 Thomaston Avenue (next to Brass Works Brewing)
Waterbury, Connecticut 06704
United States
Telephone: +1-203-725-3291
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