Blueberry Mint Gin Cocktails are for celebrating! Last week I graduated from my culinary school program and this simple drink kicked off the next season- summer and more time with my boy! While I will definitely miss my time in the kitchen and constant learning from amazing chefs and fellow students, I’m jumping right back into full-on motherhood and work from home.
Through the 8 week program Everett had more than a dozen babysitters, for which I’m forever grateful. I am also overwhelmingly exhausted from coordinating, making lunches and snacks, and leaving my boy. This next season together will be a good one – farmers markets, backyard berries, and summer swims. Plus plenty of summer-time drinks.
This blueberry gin cocktail is an easy one and perfectly in season this month. Make the blueberry simple syrup ahead of time and you can whip up a few drinks within minutes. I made this for our final babysitter, my sister, who spend a week here with Everett and her daughter. She had long days with the kids last week while I had long days preparing for our big graduation dinner. Drinks were enjoyed and well deserved. And we kicked off the summer season together!
Speaking of summer, it’s time to eat seasonal! Here is the round up of seasonal recipes on the web today. Lots of berries, lots of greens…. its a light and fresh time of year!
Blueberry Mint Gin Cocktail by Vintage Mixer
Bourbon-Cherry and Almond Dutch Baby by Floating Kitchen
Breakfast Strawberry Shortcakes by Completely Delicious
Strawberry and Mango Kale Salad by Project Domestication
Spinach Salad with Grilled Strawberries, Asparagus & Walnuts by Simple Bites
Blueberry Greek Yogurt Waffles by The Lemon Bowl
Rhubarb Crumb Bars by Bless This Mess
Chocolate Cherry Cake with Chocolate Oat Streusel by Climbing Grier Mountain
Mini Lavender Pavlovas with Summer Berries by Cafe Johnsonia
Super Summer Detox Salad by Well Plated
Blueberry, Feta and Honey-Caramelized Onion Naan Pizza by Kitchen Confidante
Cumin Orange Shrimp-Stuffed Cucumber Boats by Cookin’ Canuck
Blueberry Buckle by Foodie Crush
Blueberry Mint Gin Cocktail
- 1 ounce gin
- 1 ounce blueberry simple syrup
- 4 ounces sparkling water
- mint leaves for garnish
blueberry simple syrup
- 8 ounces (1/2 lb) blueberries
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- a few mint leaves
- Mix all ingredients in a 6 ounce cocktail glass over ice. Stir to combine. Taste for sweetness and add more blueberry simple syrup to your preference. Garnish with a mint leaf.
for the blueberry simple syrup
- In a small saucepan, bring all simple syrup ingredients to a simmer and cook over medium low until jammy. This will take 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
The color of this cocktail is so FAB. I just love it. I loved following all your culinary school adventures and now you get to look forward to a wonderful summer. Sounds so nice. Maybe I’ll come and visit and pick berries with you and that lovely boy of yours. And drink a cocktail, of course!
YES, please do come visit! And I’m dying to hear about your trip to PDX!
You definitely deserve a cocktail and this one is gorgeous! I’ve loved reading your updates on culinary school (and living vicariously through you!)
I’m posting one more sum up of my culinary adventure so stay tuned 🙂 Thanks for following along Dara!
Congratulations, Becky! A toast with this beautiful cocktail id definitely well deserved. I can’t think of a better way to kick off summer!
A toast to you–and/with this gorgeous cocktail!
Thanks so much Letty! Hope you are celebrating summer too!
I can’t get over the color. I just love blueberries and mint together. Congrats on your graduation! So exciting. I’m so proud of you! Woot woot!
Such a gorgeous simple syrup! I make a blueberry lemonade that is close to this and I just never get tired of looking at it 🙂
Hi Becky! I absolutely love seasonal produce. This is such a cool group. Is there any way I can be a part of it? Thanks!
Congratulations on graduating!! This beautiful drink looks like the perfect way to celebrate! I really can’t get over the great purple color! And, I love gin cocktails 🙂
Me too Izzy!! Pour yourself a cup soon 🙂
These mojitos are simply beautiful!
This looks gorgeous, and delicious! Just wondering, do you strain the syrup, or run it through a food mill, or just leave the berries in? Can’t wait to try this, thanks for posting
I leave the berries in but feel free to do whichever you prefer. The berries break up quite a bit as you cook them down so they aren’t whole but that may be a positive or negative 🙂 Enjoy!
Gin and juice – holla!! This is so delightfully stunning!!
Yes, yes my friend!! You know it!! And if you want to join in the seasonal recipe crew, we’d love to have you! Just email me. Hope you’re doing well!
I love blueberry and mint together! So good! The color of these is amazing too!
Made this using St. George Dry Rye Gin and it is absolutely delicious. Thank you for sharing your recipe!
Sounds lovely Rena! I’ll have to try out the St George Dry Rye!