American Food

Hampden: The Bluebird Cocktail Room

The Bluebird Cocktail Room opened quietly in Hampden at the end of July. I’m not one to turn down a well made cocktail so when some of my other blogger/Instagram friends invited me to join them for happy hour I was quick to say yes. Bluebird has been generating a lot of buzz lately so I was excited to check the space out.

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The Bluebird Cocktail Room

Because I was with a group of bloggers, we all ended up trying each others drinks and sampling a large portion of the menu. I’ve also included images of the drinks and dishes that I didn’t try at the bottom of this post. First up was the Mint Julep. This was very sweet but not overpowering. I’m not really much of a bourbon drinker so this helped temper the strong taste that I’m usually so adverse to.

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Mint Julep

My favorite drink of the evening was the Mrs. Dalloway – vodka, pamplemousse liqueur, elderflower liqueur, lime, and cucumber made this drink so refreshing. I ended up ordering a second one later in the evening.

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Mrs. Dalloway

The other drink I had the opportunity to try was the Hemingway Special Daiquiri. I was anticipating your standard slushy-rum drink but this was exquisite. This daiquiri was made with Rhum agricole (cane rum), maraschino liquer, lime, grapefruit, and sugar over crushed ice. On a warm day, this drink was incredibly refreshing

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Hemingway Special Daiquiri

In addition to great cocktails, The Bluebird Cocktail Room also has great small plates. We started with an order of French Fries. They were very straightforward – thin and crispy, just how I like them. They were topped with parmesan cheese and served with a side of truffle aioli – yum!

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French Fries

I also tried the Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms which I can’t turn down whenever I see them on a menu. The blossoms were lightly fried, but the real MVP of the dish was the red pepper garlic coulis. It was creamy and packed with flavor.

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Ricotta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

The last dish I tried was the Yellow Lentil Hummus. The hummus was topped with a drizzle of harrissa oil which added a nice kick. The dish overall was so creamy and bright, it was a perfect accompaniment to delicious cocktails.

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Yellow Lentil Hummus

While these were all the dishes that I tried, I’ve also included images below of the delicious things my friends enjoyed.

The Pig Island – pineapple rum, dark rum, pineapple, spiced bacon syrup, falernum, house grenadine

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The Pig Island

A Secret Love – lemongrass vodka, honey, black ankle vineyards verjus

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A Secret Love

Gin Rickey – gin, lime, soda

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Gin Rickey

Lamb Meatballs – Middle Eastern spices, pine nuts, raisins, tomato, yogurt sauce.

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Lamb Meatballs

The Handsome Devil – honey gin, wild flower honey, amaro, and activated charcoal

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The Handsome Devil

Absinthe Drip – absinthe, sugar, water

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Absinthe Drip

Charcuterie Plate – housemade meats, seasonal jam, pickles, rustic bread

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Charcuterie Plate

The Bluebird Cocktail Room is located at 3602 Hickory Avenue, Hampden

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The Bluebird Cocktail Room

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