It used to be that if you wanted a Pope’s blueberry lemonade cocktail, you’d have to buy the syrup and bring your own vodka. Now, thanks to Clark Pope’s new line of cocktails, all you need is two glasses and a pal. Launched this past May, Pope’s blueberry lemonade to-go cocktails ($5.99), which contain vodka, lemon juice and cane sugar, are available in multiple local spots such as all Heinen’s and Nature’s Oasis locations. After teaming up with the owner of Academy Tavern to sell the drinks during the pandemic, it was a match made in heaven. “They needed to-go drinks and I needed a resource,” says Pope. “So I made the [blueberry] lemonade and the simple syrup and [we] made those pouches.” The blueberry lemonade tastes exactly how you’d hope it would — a little tart, bright and refreshing — and exactly as it would taste if you made it yourself using fresh, quality ingredients. If you’re craving more, they even have options such as mojito or whiskey smash. “Everything I do you can do yourself,” says Pope. “I am just providing convenience and consistency.” popescocktails.com
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