Cool off with a refreshing cocktail

August 12, 2023

As the dog days of summer press on and people continue to enjoy outdoor gatherings, tasty and cool cocktails reman ideal when entertaining. Blueberries continue to be the stars of summertime shows, and can be the inspiration for your next drink.

The following recipe for “Blueberry Lavender Lemonade” from the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council pairs the sophisticated flavor of lavender with tart blueberry in a refreshing concoction that also includes gin. The result is fruity, floral and fragrant.

Blueberry Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

Makes 2 servings

Lavender Simple Syrup

1⁄2 cup granulated sugar

1⁄2 cup water

1 tablespoon dried edible lavender flowers

3⁄4 cup blueberries, divided

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 ounces gin

1 tablespoon lavender simple syrup

1⁄2 cup club soda

2 sprigs fresh lavender

2 lemon wheels

1. To make the Lavender Simple Syrup: In a small saucepan set over medium-low heat, combine all syrup ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 to 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved.

2. Remove from heat and let steep for 2 to 3 hours. Strain and set aside.

3. To make the Blueberry Lavender Lemonade Cocktail: In a cocktail shaker, add 2⁄3 cup blueberries and lemon juice. Muddle berries to release juices. Add gin and lavender simple syrup, and fill with ice. Shake until frosty.

4. Strain through fine-mesh sieve into two ice-filled glasses. Top evenly with soda water.

5. Garnish with remaining blueberries, lavender sprigs and lemon wheels.

Tip: Cover and store remaining lavender simple syrup in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.