July is National Blueberry month! Celebrate by incorporating blueberries into the cocktails you are making at home this summer. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, Vitamin K, and Vitamin C. They are also low in calories, so you don’t have to feel guilty when you decide to have two… or three! 😉
To honor National Blueberry Month we found two of our favorite past featured cocktails that incorporated blueberries. Check them out!
San Blas: Zaya Rum, Don Q White Rum, St. Germain, Benedictine, Fresh Lemon Juice, Cucumber, Blueberries, Tonic, Floral Arrangement
Persephone’s Ascent: Sutlers’ Gin, Apple Brandy, Averna, Rosemary, and Blueberry Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, Soda
There are so many ways you can incorporate blueberries in cocktails. Blueberry Simple Syrup is one of them. Below is a foolproof recipe that you can enjoy in cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks all summer.
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 quart fresh blueberries, rinsed
- 1/3 teaspoon finely grated lime or lemon zest
- pinch of salt
Combine 1 cup of the sugar and the water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, swirling to help dissolve the sugar. Add the blueberries, zest, and salt and return to a boil. Reduce the heat so that the liquid just simmers and cook until the berries burst and release their liquid, 5 to 7 minutes. Taste and add more sugar to achieve desired sweetness; this will depend on the sweetness of your berries.
Remove from the heat and allow the berries to cool in the syrup. Once cooled, strain the syrup through a fine-mesh sieve, allowing the berries to drain without pressing on them (this would make the syrup cloudy). Refrigerate syrup until you are ready to use, up to 1 week.
Take advantage of the blueberry season with us! Share your cocktail creations with us on social media for a chance to be featured.