PUBLISHED ON: 05.19.2011
C’mon guys, its been a long week, it’s time to relax and chill-out. This blueberry inspired cocktail is meant to be shared with good friends over good conversation.
The thrill of this cocktail is the cardamom infused simple syrup, lemon juice, combined with gin and fresh blueberries.
This is a cocktail that can be prepared two-ways. Dressed up in a martini glass.
or served patio style, as a fizzy cocktail with cubed ice and club soda in a beverage glass.
Or both ways. It’s your choice.
Recipe from Cooking Light
2 cups blueberries
1-1/2 cups dry gin
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 cardamom pods
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Additional blueberries (optional)
1. Place 2 cups blueberries in a large 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 half-way 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 or beverage glass. Garnish with additional blueberries, if desired. Serve immediately. Repeat procedure with remaining ingredients.
Note: To make the fizzy cocktail, pour blueberry-gin, cardamom syrup, and lemon juice over crushed ice in a glass; top with chilled club soda.
Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen
What a beautiful cocktail Velva. My husband would love this since he's a gin drinker and also is crazy about blueberries. You could say this is a vitamin drink with a kick.Sam
Awesome cocktail, blueberries are mildly sweet to tart and bursting with flavour.Thanks for the recipe ♥
loved the addition of cardamom here ..lovely color of this cocktail…Deepa Hamaree Rasoi
Sounds great and beautiful color! I'll have one patio style please-enjoy:@)
l.o.v.e.l.y!! and sounds oh, so tasty! I could go for one of those this afternoon! blessings ~ tanna
Very beautiful cocktail:)
Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook
That is a beautiful cocktail! Either way!
Cardamom-infused simple syrup. Hello gorgeous!
I love that this includes cardamom (uh, and gin!) How beautiful. It is seeming like a long week…gotta get through two more days before I fully kick back…I'll be dreaming of this gorgeous cocktail.
This sounds wonderful – I can never get enough blueberries!
this sounds so wonderful…i have never had cardamom, i so want to!
I can't decide which is the way to go so, I guess I have to try it both ways.Mimi
It's such a pretty color. Looks good.
My Little Space
This sounds absolutely divine! Love the colour so much. Thanks for sharing.Hope you're having a lovely day.Cheers, Kristy
What a lovely and tasty looking cocktail! Beautiful color! Cheers!
I'm so thankful blueberries are in season!
i am so ready to grab one of those and relax, gorgeous!
Blueberries for adults! As alluring as it sounds. Love this idea and will be singing Blueberry Hill the rest of the eve.
Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes
Oh boy, has it been a long week! This looks fantastic!!! I have a freezer full of wild Maine Blueberries! I think I have another use for them! LOL!Wow, 7 sisters, I thought having 3 was too much! You must have been in shock!!! Thanks for stopping by!Cheers!
Such a wonderful drink with blueberries, I like the addition of cardamom here too!
From Beyond My Kitchen Window
This looks sooo good. I'm opting for the larger glass thank you. It would be a great Fourth of July specialty drink!
OK…. love the 2 presentations! I'll have one of each! Happy Friday!!!!!
Wow, this is pure bliss! Looks so good..with the blueberries, a definite winner! Have a lovely weekend!
Yep, we are on the same wavelength. This looks great! I'll take one either way. Cheers and Happy Friday to you too!
T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types
I LOVE blueberry cocktails – I particularly like the fact that you make your own gin-infused blueberry juice!
I'm all for double-fisting it. Your cocktails are a thing of beauty, Velva.
I'd love either one of these. They are both gorgeous drinks. You are very creative. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary
Hi Velva,This sounds truly thrilling , love the color and the add of cardamom!
Fantastic blueberry cocktail. love the colour. Well, as soon as I finish this bottle of beer, I think it's time for a cocktail. :)Have a great weekend.
Yummy! What a refreshing and inviting cocktail – just perfect!
Betty @ scrambled henfruit
I've never had a blueberry cocktail, but I'm about to remedy that oversight. It sounds wonderful! 🙂
Wow! Now that is what I call a drink. Amazing flavors. It must be delicious:)
Debbi Does Dinner Healthy
Love blueberrys and this looks awesome!
We Are Not Martha
I love that this has cardamom in it, I love the beautiful color, and I absolutely LOVE the name of this drink 🙂 Perfection!Sues