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!)
- 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
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).
*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!