FOOD / 07

this drink is so full of anti-oxidants that it might as well be considered a tonic. it also seems to make people very happy. and it’s really pretty. yeah, it’s a wonder drink all right.

it was born out of my desire to not watch another tub of blueberries i bought go to waste. i have a tendency, when i am at the grocery store to stock up on fruits and vegetables assuring myself that i will eat every last one. then someone asks me to go out for pizza, or ice cream, or brunch and the next thing i know i’ve got an almost full tub of blueberries that has gone bad.

follow this recipe and this will never happen to you…

what you’ll need:

for syrup:
• 4 cups of blueberries
• 2 cups of water
• 1 cup of sugar
** you’ll have lots of syrup left over.  you can cut the recipe in half . . . you’ll still have syrup left over.  i recommend drinking a lot or pouring it over vanilla ice cream.

for the cocktail:
• 2 oz of blueberry syrup
• 2 oz pomegranate juice
• 1 oz gin
• tonic water
• lemon wedge for garnish

what to do:

• first, you’re gonna want to make the syrup.  i would recommend doing this well in advance of when you are planning to impress people with this cocktail, mostly because the syrup is hot and you want the drink to be cold.
now be warned because this syrup business will garner you a lot of respect and i just want to be sure you are ready to handle it.
• in a saucepan bring the water and blueberries to a boil then reduce to a simmer for ten minutes.

note: simmer = little bubbles.

• while this simmering business is happening, place a small colander lined with a paper towel over a pot or glass measuring cup.
• once the simmering is done, pour the mixture into the colander and gently press on the contents to release the beautiful purple blueberry liquid. don’t let the color fool you, it’s liquid gold.
• discard the smushed, juiceless fruit that is left in the paper towel and place the liquid back into the saucepan set over medium heat.
• slowly stir in the sugar and let dissolve.  once the sugar is dissolved . . . you’re done.
now would be a good time to take a nap, read a book (if you’re into that sort of thing) or do what i do . . . play several levels of angry birds.
• once the syrup is cool, place it in a glass bottle or jar with a secure lid and pop it in the fridge for safe keeping.

an hour later (or a day later, or a week later):

• fill a glass with a few cubes of ice
• squeeze a wedge of lemon over the ice and toss that lemon in the glass
• add the blueberry syrup and pomegranate juice, and of course, the gin.
• give it a good stir and then top off with tonic.

drink, enjoy, repeat.

{ column + photos by jen gotch, design by bri }


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    Katie says:

    Wow! You are a syrup making machine! This looks wonderful! I bet it would be delicious with some mint or ginger too! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rebecca says:

    This looks incredible. I always look forward to your food posts!!

    adele says:

    Blueberries are my favourite fruit so never any left in my house, but I’ve gotta give this a try xoxo

    Jessica says:

    You are a lifesaver – I have been contemplating what to do with the great amount of blueberies I bought at Henrys the other day. I am a sucker for the “2 for $5 deal”. Finally something I know will be yummy! Thanks Bri!

    Bec says:

    heck yes, this looks so yummmyyyyyy good. and saves me from eating 1000 blueberry pancakes with the leftover blueberries 🙂

    Sara says:

    This recipe looks great!! I love your animated gif too!

    Irene says:

    Awesome recipe! When boyfriend starts to see veggies or fruit in the fridge get a tad bit bad, he throws everything into a blender and makes himself a crazy looking smoothie. I know. Yuck. Thanks for this anti-oxidant drink!

    I love you idea of a tonic!!!!

    Amy says:

    Mmm…blueberries! I’ve gotta do this soon! And I love that cute gif! 🙂

    first of all, all of these jen gotch posts are so hilarious and cute!! that girl is too funny! second, anything made with a simple syrup is infinitely better & this blueberry version looks bomb.com

    bri says:

    she really is hilarious. so happy to have her around.

    Emily Perkins says:

    wish I could leave a picture comment of the final product! It’s delicious and beautiful.

    kate says:

    I made this with vodka since I’m not really a gin drinker and I’m knee deep in blueberries @ home. oh. dear. God. this is one of the best things I have ever tasted. Making them for my girlfriends tonight – I told them to prepare to be impressed – love your blog. keep gems like this coming…

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