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Blueberry Gin Fizz

Blueberry gin fizz

A gorgeous cocktail that makes the most of summer blueberries. (Best consumed the day it's made, otherwise the natural pectin in the blueberries will cause the mixture to become slightly gelatinous!)
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 8 cocktails

Ingredients
  

  • 3 heaping cups (~500g) fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbs water
  • 2 cups gin
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (~5-6 limes)
  • 16-20 fresh mint leaves
  • club soda

Instructions
 

  • In a medium pot on high heat, combine the blueberries, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes. While the berries are simmering, mash them (ideally with a potato masher) as much as possible. Strain the solids from the syrup,* and allow the syrup to cool.
  • In a pitcher, muddle the mint leaves, and then add the gin, lime juice, and blueberry syrup. Stir together.
  • Fill 8 glasses with some ice, and divide the blueberry-gin mixture amongst them (they should be roughly half full). Top with soda, stir, and garnish with mint sprigs (if desired).

Notes

*If you don't want to discard the solids, you can save them in a small jar and use as a thick jam in the next few days!