Blueberry drink syrups offer a an awesome way to easily enhance cocktails and mocktails. The drink recipes below offer up some of our tested favorites

Blueberry Lavender Martini
Blueberry Lavender Martini

Cocktails and Mocktails Using Fruit-based Beverage Syrups

In an effort to put my decade of  bartending experience  together with my decade(s) of farming experience,  I have developed a wide range of drink syrups. 

The syrups include 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 “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 Inspired Cocktails and Mocktails

The following drink recipes use either Blueberry-Tarragon-Shrub-Sryup or Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup.

There are all kinds of different infusions that could go with blueberry syrups, and if you want to experiment with your own, this post on DIY blueberry shrub syrups will help.

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

Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Martini
Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Martini

 

Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Martini:

Directions:

  • Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  • Add 4 parts vodka to 1 part Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Syrup to shaker and shake
  • Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  • Garnish with fresh blueberries.

 Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Spritzer (Mocktail):

Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Spritzer
Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Spritzer

Directions:

  • Fill a 8 oz glass or tall tumbler with ice
  • Add 1 1/2 oz (or 3-4 Tbsp) Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Syrup to glass
  • Fill glass to top with club soda, sparkling water, or tonic water and stir until blended
  • For directions on making your own shrub syrup see this post

Blueberry Lavender Martini:

Ingredients:

Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Martini
Blueberry Tarragon Shrub Martini
  • 2 oz. vodka (I like Absolut Pepper)
  • 1 oz. Blueberry Lavender Syrup
  • 1/4 of whole lime (can use lemon instead)
  • fresh blueberries for garnish

Directions:

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add vodka, Blueberry Lavender Syrup and squeeze of fresh lime juice to shaker
  3. Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
  4. Garnish with fresh blueberries.

Blueberry Lavender Lemonade:

Glass of blueberry lavender lemonade (a mocktail)
Glass of blueberry lavender lemonade (a mocktail)

Directions:

  • Fill a tall glass with ice
  • Add 1 part Blueberry Lavender Syrup to 4 parts lemonade
  • Stir, garnish with fresh blueberries and serve

Basic Drink Syrup Formula

Once you have the beverage syrup made, it couldn’t be easier.  The basic formula for a simple syrup is 1 part juice to 1 part sugar, with any herbs or spices infused into the syrup by bringing it to a boil and then allowing it to steep for about 30 minutes.

I am finding a lot of uses for the shrub syrups.  I have a bottle sitting on the table with the salt and pepper shakers, and I’ll sprinkle some of it on salads, on greens, or just about anything that I want to give a slight acid lift to.

For detailed information on making your own DIY syrups of any flavor, see this post

2 Comments

  1. Todd on December 4, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    What a refreshing martni! Can’t wait to try it.

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