Blueberry {Gin} Gimlet

I think this might have to be the summer of gin. I love gin. It is by far my favorite liquor and I plan on drinking a lot of it, culminating in what I’m debating about referring to as #GINHER12 in August*. Most of the time, I like a simple gin and tonic with lime. Sometimes I like gin + lemonade + club soda. And gin + orange soda is quite delicious. But sometimes I want to be fancy. Enter the gimlet. It just sounds fancy and delightful. Gimlet! So cheerful. It also sounds like something they would drink in the Great Gatsby, now I’m going to have to reread it just to see if they do.

Gimlets are a simple drink. Traditionally, it is gin and Rose’s sweetened lime juice. The modern gimlet is simple syrup + lime + gin. It is sweet, limey, refreshing and strong – all the perfect componants of a summer drink. Because I insist on tinjering with a good think, I ventured into a blueberry gimlet. I must say {very, very modestly} that I knocked it out of the park with this one.

Lime and blueberry? Who knew it would be so delicious? If you did, I am very displeased that you didn’t tell me sooner. I think my summer might now have a lime & blueberry theme. It is refreshing and slightly medicinial (in a good way) and that combo with the juniper flavor of gin gives this a unique flavor that I loved**.

Gin Gimlet

SUPPLIES:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 water
  • 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lime juice {unsweetend}
  • gin {for this recipe you will need 2 ounces per drink}

TO MIX:

  1. First up,  make the simple syrup. Put equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan (for this recipe 1/2 cup of each) and cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally. This will take about five minutes.
  2. Add blueberries and cook for 10 minutes until blueberries burst and the syrup is purple.
  3. Add lime juice and remove from heat. Let cool and strain.
  4. In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 parts gin to 1.5 parts blueberry syrup and some ice. {I just used a shot glass to measure all of it and eyeball the half shot.  for strong blueberry flavor, make this 1:1}
  5. Shake and strain into glass.
  6. CHEERS.
This will make 2 or so drinks. Depends on your ratio, the size of your glass. It’s pretty easy to expand up or down.
For the garnish I used two toothpicks and three blueberries, the two picks meet in the bottom berry. I sugared the berries, but it doesn’t really show up in the photos.
If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, go buy one. But if you want to make the drink right now, combine the gin and syrup in a measruing cup and fill a small strainer with ice. Slowly gin mixture though the strainer into a glass.
Gin Gimlet

*You might know this as BlogHer12.

**My husband thought this was too strong and too sweet, but liked it in a larger glass mixed with some club soda which is an option. This is a fruity-martini like drink.

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13 Responses to “Blueberry {Gin} Gimlet”

  1. Yum yum yum. Definitely going to have Bobby make these sometime this summer.

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  2. Ok…this sounds absolutely amazing! I love me a good gin & tonic…so this hits home! Great recipe…and photos! Cheers!

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  3. Audrey says:

    This makes me want to try it. Which means buying Gin.

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  4. OTandET says:

    this sounds freakin rad! i’m making white sangria tomorrow which means i’ll have most of these ingredients around = making these very verrrry soon! thanks for the recipe xo

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  5. Misty says:

    It sounds PERFECT!!!! Delish for sure!

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  6. Melysa says:

    Yummy! Will definitely be trying this one.

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  7. Stopping by from SITS! Have a wonderful weekend!! :)

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  8. Whitney says:

    Yum, I might have to make this…I love summer drinks!

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  9. Denise says:

    Gin IS the perfect summer drink! I can’t wait to try this (that is, if it ever gets warm in Montana!)

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  10. wendy says:

    This summer my goal is to DRINK ALL THE GIN. We have a huge gallon-ish bottle that is mostly full and I am not moving that shit to Oregon. (While your sister is moving to SF I’ll be moving to OR, Yay!) Therefore, I am delighted to join you in your summer of gin.

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  11. That looks so yummy! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a happy Memorial Day!

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