Blueberry Buck Cocktails

Blueberry cocktails with ginger ale, gin and mint

You must think that I’m on a Blueberry craze right now, given the succession of recipes featuring these dusty blue pearls. But when you’re presented with overflowing quarts of them at the market and it’s already late August, you step right up and grab your quart of blue pearls without batting an eyelid.

We had some friends from New Zealand stay with us a few weekends ago, giving us the perfect excuse to throw a summer party. And play with summer ingredients. On the menu were watermelon and feta salad with chili and basil, herb couscous, grilled corn, sausages and meltingly tender lamb chops with rosemary. But the highlight of planning the menu though, was deciding on the libations we would have.

No matter how many beers or bottles of Champagne are stashed away in the cooler, there’s nothing quite like a cocktail to dress up a BBQ. Our standard routine is for M to brew a big bowl of Sangria the day before. Delicious of course, but overly familiar and I was itching to experiment with something new.

Enter Hendrick’s Gin. These were the people who kept us sweetly inebriated and happy at SF Chefs with their daily concoctions of fruit cocktails. Of the many we sampled, this Blueberry Buck was a clear winner simply because of how easily it went down. Before we knew it, our cups were empty and off we trotted to the big punch bowl and asked, not unlike a certain Mr Twist, for more.

Blueberry Buck (courtesy of the good folks at Hendrick’s Gin)
Makes one strong cocktail

12 blueberries (defrosted if using frozen berries)
4 tablespoons good quality gin
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
6 tablespoons ginger beer
Ice cubes
1-2 mint sprigs

Place the blueberries, gin and lemon juice in a measuring cup or shallow bowl. Muddle everything together (I like to use an immersion blender for this), until every single blueberry is crushed beyond recognition.

Fill a chilled glass with ice cubes. Strain the blueberry-gin mixture over the ice.

Pour over the ginger beer, give everything a good stir, and garnish with mint to serve.

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El - Lovely photos, as always. A nice summery beverage too!

Asha@FSK - Love the photos! what is that coil thing in the second photo?

stefania - MMMhhhh delizioso !

Tatiyana - Yum! I love Hendrick’s Gin and normally drink it on the rocks, but I can’t wait to get my hands on some blueberries so I can test this recipe out BEFORE the weekend festivities begin!

Elizabeth - I’m all out of blueberries, but I bet this would work fantastic with blackberries! Of which I have a ridiculous amount…yum!

Danielle - It’s a strainer for cocktail shakers. The coil helps keep it in place while you pour out the good stuff after mixing it all up in the shaker.

Danielle - Blackberries would definitely work! Although they might be a little more tart than blueberries, so I’d go easy on the lemon juice and perhaps add more ginger beer. Enjoy!

Shaheen {The Purple Foodie} - @Asha FSK – that’s a cocktail strainer.

Danielle: AWESOME looking drink. Blueberries and mint make such a fantastic combination. I’ll make a virgin version of this and let you know how it turns out. IN your recipe, you probably mean 12 OZ right? Also caught your name mentioned in the updated version of Will Write For Food. Congratulations! :)

Danielle - I was actually referring to the fruit, so 12 of them were used. That works out to about 50 grams/1.75 ounces, so feel free to scale up/down as your fruity inclinations decide ;)

Wow, I’m mentioned in Dianne’s book!?! Thanks for letting me know, you’ve just made my day!

Radhika - What a gorgeous drink and I love your pics.

Julia @ Mélanger - I don’t think you can every have enough berries, particularly when they are in full abundance. Just lovely images!

Maggie - Yum! These look so vivid and delicious!

Wizzythestick - Amazing looking drink.

Marisa - Your photos are magnificent! As is this bright cocktail – definitely a keeper.

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