Thursday, May 19, 2011

Blueberry Thrill

C'mon guys, its been a long week, it's time to relax and chill-out.  This blueberry inspired cocktail is meant to be shared with good friends over good conversation.

The thrill of this cocktail is the cardamom infused simple syrup, lemon juice, combined with gin and fresh blueberries.

This is a cocktail that can be prepared two-ways.  Dressed up in a martini glass.


or served patio style, as a fizzy cocktail with cubed ice and club soda in a beverage glass.


Or both ways.  It's your choice.



Blueberry Thrill
Serves 8
Recipe from Cooking Light


Ingredients:
2 cups blueberries
1-1/2 cups dry gin
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup sugar
3 cardamom pods
Crushed ice
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
Additional blueberries (optional)

Directions:
1.  Place 2 cups blueberries in a large stainless steel saucepan; mash with a fork or potato masher.  Place over medium-high heat, and cook 3 minutes or until berries begin to release juice.  Remove from heat; add gin.  Cover and let stand at least for 1 hour or up to overnight.  Strain mixture through a sieve into a bowl, pressing berries with the back of a spoon to remove as much juice as possible; discard solids.

2.  Combine 3/4 cup water, sugar, and cardamom pods in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.  Cook 2 minutes or until sugar dissolves.  Cool completely; discard cardamom pods.

3.  To serve, add the ice to a cocktail shaker to come half-way up sides of container.  Add 1/4 cup blueberry-gin, 1-1/2 tablespoons cardamom syrup, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice; shake until chilled.  Strain cocktail into a chilled martini glass or beverage glass.  Garnish with additional blueberries, if desired.  Serve immediately.  Repeat procedure with remaining ingredients.

Note:  To make the fizzy cocktail, pour blueberry-gin, cardamom syrup, and lemon juice over crushed ice in a glass; top with chilled club soda.

Enjoy!
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34 comments:

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen said...

What a beautiful cocktail Velva. My husband would love this since he's a gin drinker and also is crazy about blueberries. You could say this is a vitamin drink with a kick.
Sam

Ana Powell said...

Awesome cocktail, blueberries are mildly sweet to tart and bursting with flavour.
Thanks for the recipe ♥

Hamaree Rasoi said...

loved the addition of cardamom here ..lovely color of this cocktail...

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Sounds great and beautiful color! I'll have one patio style please-enjoy:@)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

l.o.v.e.l.y!! and sounds oh, so tasty! I could go for one of those this afternoon! blessings ~ tanna

Rumana Rawat said...

Very beautiful cocktail:)

Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook said...

That is a beautiful cocktail! Either way!

Joanne said...

Cardamom-infused simple syrup. Hello gorgeous!

Hungry Dog said...

I love that this includes cardamom (uh, and gin!) How beautiful. It is seeming like a long week...gotta get through two more days before I fully kick back...I'll be dreaming of this gorgeous cocktail.

Susan Fields said...

This sounds wonderful - I can never get enough blueberries!

mangiabella said...

this sounds so wonderful...i have never had cardamom, i so want to!

Mimi said...

I can't decide which is the way to go so, I guess I have to try it both ways.
Mimi

The Japanese Redneck said...

It's such a pretty color. Looks good.

My Little Space said...

This sounds absolutely divine! Love the colour so much. Thanks for sharing.
Hope you're having a lovely day.
Cheers, Kristy

Marguerite said...

What a lovely and tasty looking cocktail! Beautiful color! Cheers!

That Girl said...

I'm so thankful blueberries are in season!

teresa said...

i am so ready to grab one of those and relax, gorgeous!

Claudia said...

Blueberries for adults! As alluring as it sounds. Love this idea and will be singing Blueberry Hill the rest of the eve.

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Oh boy, has it been a long week! This looks fantastic!!! I have a freezer full of wild Maine Blueberries! I think I have another use for them! LOL!

Wow, 7 sisters, I thought having 3 was too much! You must have been in shock!!! Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers!

5 Star Foodie said...

Such a wonderful drink with blueberries, I like the addition of cardamom here too!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

This looks sooo good. I'm opting for the larger glass thank you. It would be a great Fourth of July specialty drink!

Design Wine and Dine said...

OK.... love the 2 presentations! I'll have one of each! Happy Friday!!!!!

kitchen flavours said...

Wow, this is pure bliss! Looks so good..with the blueberries, a definite winner! Have a lovely weekend!

Lindsay Rudolph said...

Yep, we are on the same wavelength. This looks great! I'll take one either way. Cheers and Happy Friday to you too!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I LOVE blueberry cocktails - I particularly like the fact that you make your own gin-infused blueberry juice!

Heather @girlichef said...

I'm all for double-fisting it. Your cocktails are a thing of beauty, Velva.

Mary said...

I'd love either one of these. They are both gorgeous drinks. You are very creative. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Sutapa said...

Hi Velva,
This sounds truly thrilling , love the color and the add of cardamom!

Michael Toa said...

Fantastic blueberry cocktail. love the colour. Well, as soon as I finish this bottle of beer, I think it's time for a cocktail. :)
Have a great weekend.

Martha (MM) said...

Yummy! What a refreshing and inviting cocktail - just perfect!

Betty @ scrambled henfruit said...

I've never had a blueberry cocktail, but I'm about to remedy that oversight. It sounds wonderful! :)

Raina said...

Wow! Now that is what I call a drink. Amazing flavors. It must be delicious:)

Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

Love blueberrys and this looks awesome!

We Are Not Martha said...

I love that this has cardamom in it, I love the beautiful color, and I absolutely LOVE the name of this drink :) Perfection!

Sues

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