Place 2 cups blueberries in a large, heavy stainless-steel saucepan; mash with a fork or potato masher. Place over medium-high heat, and cook 3 minutes or until berries begin to release juice. Remove from heat; add gin. Cover and let stand at least for 1 hour or up to overnight. Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, pressing berries with the back of a spoon to remove as much juice as possible; discard solids.
Combine 3/4 cup water, sugar, and cardamom pods in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Cool completely; discard cardamom pods.
To serve, add the ice to a cocktail shaker to come halfway up sides of container. Add 1/4 cup blueberry-gin, 1 1/2 tablespoons cardamom syrup, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; shake until chilled. Strain cocktail into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with additional blueberries, if desired. Serve immediately. Repeat procedure with remaining ingredients.
The instructions say you can serve either as a martini or in a low ball glass with ice and club soda. I tried it with the soda first, but the flavor was so smooth and fantastic, I think the martini route is the way to go. I let the blueberries and gin infuse for 24 hours.
To streamline I just mixed the syrup and lemon into the blueberry gin in a big mason jar and let guests serve themselves. I used Leopold's gin and it was a great combo. Surprisingly, the herbal qualities of the gin weren't overwhelmed as I'd feared they would be. Yum!
I love the fresh, not-too-sweet flavors of this cocktail. Before I make it again, though, I will need to figure out a way to streamline the process of putting it all together, as it was time consuming and messy to make. Definitely worth another try though!
A friend made this for a picnic and while the flavors were delicious, she neglected to strain it well enough and there were still pieces of blueberry in the drink. I would definitely recommend this drink, just take extra care in straining the drink before serving.
Made this exactly as directed. I would recommend allowing the gin to steep as long as possble. I think my friend Charlie put it succinctly when he said "the excessive drinkability of this cocktail concerns me." :)
I thought this was a great recipe. The drink doesn't have a strong taste of gin, and is very refreshing. A great summer drink for around the patio! I didn't have cardamom seeds, just powder, so I just used that instead, tasted great.
Made to recipe, straining the blueberry mix a few times to make sure the solids were gone. The finished gin was gorgeous & the cardamom syrup aromatic & lovely. The recipe calls for straining & serving in a martini glass but the photo shows over ice chunks in a juice glass. Because the flavors are so intense, we agree that the drink needs to be cut with sparkling water or ice.