The blueberry gin and tonic is a great way to usher in the warm season, or if you’re in the cold season it’s a nice way to remember warm summer afternoons.
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What is Blueberry Gin Tonic?
Blueberry gin tonic is a twist on the classic gin tonic, made up of (usually) dry gin and tonic water, but this time you add a bit of blueberry syrup. This can be done with any fruit you think would work well with gin or tonic, and it’s a really fun way to change things up.
The blueberry syrup does sweeten this highball, but not by that much. You’re only adding 0.5 oz of syrup so most of the sweetness will still come from whichever tonic water you use. Here’s how to make one.
Blueberry Gin Tonic Cocktail Recipe
- 2 oz gin
- 0.5 oz blueberry syrup
- 4 oz gin tonic
- Build in glass, adding tonic last. Stir.
When is this drink best ?
Blueberry gin tonic is a great summer cocktail, though it could also work as a beautiful winter one as well. The juniper and tonic mix always bring back cold season memories for me, blue the blueberries just scream summer to me. I think you can have a blueberry gin tonic whenever you’d have a regular gin tonic. So it could be something casual like brunch, a girls’ night out, a dinner date, or even in your backyard mowing the lawn.
My thoughts on Blueberry Gin Tonic
I liked the blueberry gin tonic, gin pairs very well with blueberries it seems. And the sweetness in the syrup cut through a lot fop the tonic’s bitterness so if you’re someone who doesn’t like bitter drinks, this version of gin and tonic is definitely great for you.
The actual flavor of blueberries was subtle, but still noticeable. The key notes were still juniper (from gin) and quinine (from the tonic water). But I liked it none the less, and I think it had a very beautiful purplish-pink color.
If you like Blueberry Gin Tonic, you might also like…
Raspberry Gin Tonic – a gin tonic, with raspberry syrup
Gin and Tonic – the classic gin and tonic highball
Tom Collins – old highball recipe, with gin and club soda
Pomegranate Gin Tonic – a gin and tonic with pomegranate
Notes, substitutes, and tips
If you want something a little thicker than blueberry syrup, you can try blueberry puree. They’re also sweetened, but thicker than a syrup and have some pureed fruit pulp as well.