4 Blueberry Cocktail Recipes for National Blueberry Month


4 Blueberry Cocktail Recipes for National Blueberry Month | thegoodstuff

July is National Blueberry Month and we think there’s no better way to celebrate this wonderful little berry than by mixing it into our summer cocktail menu. It’s well known that blueberries are packed with antioxidants and loaded with vitamin K and vitamin C. They’re also high in fiber and low in calories, so it’s no wonder the month of July is dedicated to enjoying these little blue dynamos.

Did you know that blueberries are grown in 35 states in the U.S. and that the U.S. produces over 90% of all the blueberries in the world? Now that they’re in full harvest and likely tempting you as you stroll through your local farmers market, we’re going to help you take advantage of this fruit bounty. We’ve rounded up a few blueberry cocktail recipes to help you make the most of this sensational super-fruit!

A delicious combination

Now that you’ve got your basket filled with a pint or two of blueberries, you might also notice the smell of summer herbs is bursting from every fresh veggie aisle in your grocery store — are we right? Just as you’re passing the lettuce section, a deliciously sweet smell hits you — its basil! It makes you pause for a minute and take a deep breath in. “Mmmmmm!”

Some of you might be lucky enough to have this amazing herb right in your backyard. To get you started on your blueberry cocktail journey, you’ll need a bunch of basil along with those berries, because we’ve discovered that blueberries and basil make an amazing base for delicious summer cocktails!

Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup

Put aside about a half hour to make this Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup and refrigerate until ready to mix up a few outstanding drinks for your next gathering.

Tools: Medium saucepan, stirring spoon, fine wire mesh strainer
Servings: Makes about 1 1/2-2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Zest from one lemon {be careful not to get too much of the white pith in the zest}
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil sprigs

Directions

In saucepan, stir together all ingredients over medium heat until the sugar has melted. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Using fine wire strainer, pour contents into a bowl, pressing blueberries and basil against the strainer to release all juices. Discard solids. Let cool to room temperature, then pour into airtight container and store in the refrigerator until cold. Your syrup will last for up to 3 weeks.

Time for blueberry cocktail recipes

Now that your yummy blueberry basil syrup is ready, here are four cocktails to entertain your friends and celebrate National Blueberry Month in style! This first cocktail adds a blueberry basil twist to your traditional margarita.

1. Ziggy

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Tools: Cocktail shaker
Glass: Highball
Extras: Limes and blueberries for garnish
Servings: 2 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Silver Tequila
  • 4 oz. Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Cointreau
  • Fresh-squeezed juice from 2 limes

Directions

Assemble all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake it like you mean it, then strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish, serve, and enjoy!

2. Violet Beauregarde

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This simple and refreshing cocktail introduces the delicious Domaine de Canton ginger liqueur, a beautifully packaged liqueur produced in France. It contains syrup made from crystallized Chinese baby ginger, Grand Champagne cognac, orange blossom honey from Provence, and an oh-so delicate touch of vanilla. You’ll be happy to add it to your home bar and even more excited when you shake up this lovely libation.

Tools: Cocktail shaker
Glass: Collins
Extras: Basil and blueberries for garnish
Servings: 2 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. vodka
  • 3 oz. Blueberry Basil Simple Syrup
  • 2 oz. Domaine de Canton
  • Fresh-squeezed juice from 2 lemons

Directions

Assemble all ingredients into an ice-filled shaker. Shake it like you mean it, then strain into ice-filled glasses. Garnish, serve, and enjoy!

3. Blueberry Peach Mojito

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Source: Driscoll’s

Everybody loves a mojito, and this recipe provides the perfect combination of summer fruits. Perfect for an afternoon swinging away in your backyard hammock!

4. Blueberry-Lemon Fizz

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Source: Camille Styles

The dog days of summer deserve a fabulous cocktail, and this fizz recipe will fit the bill perfectly.

These blueberry cocktails are the perfect way to launch into National Blueberry Month, and we hope we’ve inspired you to mix up one of these beautiful libations to enjoy on a lazy Sunday or to serve up at your next party.

Planning on mixing up more fruity beverages? Be sure to check our guide to picking summer fruits before you buy!


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