For some reason I’ve been singing “BLUE-beeerrrrryyyy” in the style of Shirley Bassey crooning “Goldfinger”. It’s *probably* not because I’ve had one too many of these delicious blueberry mint gin smash cocktails.
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As I said just a couple posts ago, blueberries aren’t really my preferred summer fruit, but you wouldn’t know it from my last few recipes. And this blueberry gin cocktail is a refreshing drink that’s perfect for late summer.
The super easy blueberry simple syrup is really doing the heavy lifting here—and trust me, it is worth the 10 minutes it takes to make! Its initial conception was as the star of a refreshing blueberry basil espresso tonic that I’d tried at a coffee shop and had to recreate.
But then I had tasted the syrup and was like…yeahhhh that’s got to be a cocktail!
Making this blueberry mint cocktail is super easy, though it does require a bit of planning ahead to make the blueberry simple syrup. In fact, this is a great way to use up fresh blueberries that are starting to go wrinkly!
In a cocktail shaker (here’s my fave!), add the mint leaves and muddle with a muddler (or the blunt end of a wooden spoon). Fill the shaker halfway with ice and add the gin, blueberry syrup, and lemon juice.
Shake until very chilled (at least 15 seconds). Then strain (I recommend double straining) into a rocks glass filled with ice. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with mint leaves, blueberries on a cocktail stick, or a lemon wheel.
Double straining means use the cocktail’s built-in strainer (in the lid), and then a small fine mesh strainer as well (to get the little mint bits). This is only for aesthetics, so you can skip if you don’t care about the bits floating around in your drink.
Here is the blueberry simple syrup recipe that this cocktail calls for!
Other great summer cocktails you’ll love:
- A Juicy, Kicky Strawberry Black Pepper Gin Cocktail
- Summer Nostalgia: Cherry Limeade for Grown-Ups
- Berry-Basil Smash (A Refreshing Gin Cocktail)
- A French Gimlet Cocktail with Gin
- Basil Gin Gimlet Cocktail
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- 2 ounces of a good London Dry gin (I use Fords)
- 1 ounce of blueberry simple syrup (see link to recipe in post)
- 3/4 ounce of lemon juice
- 3-5 mint leaves (basil would also be great)
- Muddle the mint leaves in your shaker with a muddler (or the blunt end of a wooden spoon).
- Fill the shaker halfway with ice and add the gin, blueberry syrup, and lemon juice.
- Shake until very chilled (at least 15 seconds).
- Double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Double strain means use the cocktail's built-in strainer if it has one, and then a small fine mesh strainer as well (to get the little mint bits). This is only for aesthetics, so you can skip if you don't care about the bits.
- If you're feeling fancy, garnish with mint leaves, blueberries on a cocktail stick, or a lemon wheel. Enjoy!
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