Blueberry Thrill

Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris
Sweet blueberries infuse spicy gin for summer's most refreshing cocktail sipper. For a fizzy cocktail, pour gin, cardamom syrup, and lemon juice over crushed ice in a glass; top with chilled club soda.

Yield:

8 servings

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 11 Minutes
Total: 1 Hour, 11 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 159
Fat 0.0 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 0.1 g
Carbohydrate 14.5 g
Fiber 0.2 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 1 mg
Calcium 1 mg

Ingredients

2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups dry gin
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 cardamom pods
Crushed ice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Additional blueberries (optional)

Preparation

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

Note:

J. Kenji Lopez-Alt,

June 2011