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Blueberry Martini or Italian Soda with Homemade Drink Syrups

Blueberry Martini or Italian Soda with Homemade Drink Syrups
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Blueberry drink syrups (shrub syrups or simple syrups) offer an awesome way to turn a simple cocktail into a blueberry martini or a blueberry craft signature cocktail. Don’t drink alcohol? Blueberry drink syrups added to a little sparkling water makes an incredible Italian soda. Add a bit of cream and you have a French soda!

Blueberry-infused martini in martini glass with bluberries on toothpick garnish.
Blueberry Drink Syrup in a Martini

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Homemade Drink Syrups vs Commercial Simple Syrups

In an effort to put my decade of  bartending experience  together with my decade(s) of farming experience,  I developed a wide range of drink syrups which I sold online up until 2022. 

The syrups included a range of fruity-acid shrub syrups, as well as the sweeter fruit and herbal simple syrups.

There is no easier way to turn a standard cocktail (or mocktail) into something special than by using fruit drink syrups made with real, whole fruit.

The difference using a homemade drink syrup with real fruit in a cocktail or Italian soda rather than the commercial flavored syrups is something to behold.

The “shrub” type of syrups are fruit based syrups that have vinegar added, giving them a refreshing acidity balanced out by the sugar and fruit.  

The simple syrups do not have added vinegar and therefore tend to be sweeter.

Both types of drink syrups are often infused with herbs or spices.

Blueberry martini with vodka and cocktail shaker in background.
Blueberry Lavender Drink Syrup in a Vodka Martini

Best Infusions for Blueberry Drink Syrups

There are all kinds of different infusions that could go with blueberry syrups. My favorite blueberry drink syrups have included the following flavor infusions:

  • Pomegranate and pink peppercorns
  • Fresh Tarragon
  • Culinary lavender

If you want to experiment with homemade blueberry drink syrups, this post on DIY blueberry shrub syrups will help. The recipe below is made with an infusion of fresh tarragon, as that is probably the easiest herb for the home cook to find in the grocery store.

Infusing blueberry drink syrups with lavender is a really nice pairing of fruit and herb, but culinary lavender is a bit more difficult to find. If you happen to grow your own, that is perfect!!

Top down view of blueberry martini with lavender flowers and blueberries on the plate..
Blueberry martini with blueberry lavender syrup

Cocktails and Mocktails are very forgiving, so feel free to experiment with proportions.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks with Blueberry Drink Syrup

Italian Sodas:

For the easiest mocktail or Italian soda ever, just fill a glass with club, sparkling water, or tonic water and stir in 2-3 Tablespoons of blueberry simple syrup.

Glass of sparkling water with ice cubes and blueberry syrup and a bottle of blueberry syrup next to it.
Sparkling water with blueberry simple syrup (Italian soda)

Blueberry Lemonade

In the Summer try stirring the syrup into a tall glass of lemonade. The ratios for drinks made with simple syrups or shrub syrups are 4:1 (4 parts liquid to 1 part simple syrup).

Glass of lemonade with blueberry syrup garnished with wedge of lemon and a striped straw.
Lemonade with blueberry lavender syrup

Blueberry Martini

Top down view of blueberry martini with lavender flowers and blueberries on the plate..
This simple martini is made with a shot of gin or vodka and a touch of blueberry simple syrup infused with tarragon or lavender.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 207

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. vodka I like Absolut Pepper
  • 1 oz. Blueberry Drink Syrup I like it infused with lavender or tarragon, but other infusions work also (or plain!)
  • ¼ of whole lime can use lemon instead
  • fresh blueberries for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  • Add vodka, Blueberry Drink Syrup and squeeze of fresh lime juice to shaker
    2 oz. vodka, 1 oz. Blueberry Drink Syrup, 1/4 of whole lime
  • Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with fresh blueberries.
    fresh blueberries for garnish

Notes

NOTE: here is a recipe for a homemade blueberry shrub syrup if you want to make your own.

Nutrition

Calories: 207kcalCarbohydrates: 21gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 18mgSugar: 21gCalcium: 4mgIron: 1mg
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