Blueberry Gin and Tonic

This blueberry gin and tonic screams “summer!” at the top of its lungs. If you’re a gin lover looking for a cold, slightly sweet cocktail for a hot day, this is your drink.

Highball cocktails

The gin and tonic is one of the classic members of the family of highball cocktails. These cocktails are often made with a base spirit and some form of carbonated water and served over ice in a highball or Collins glass. That makes the whole family full of refreshing options for summer sipping.

The classic gin and tonic is made with just gin and tonic and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Making a gin and tonic with simple syrup allows you to make your gin and tonic any flavor you like.

two deep pink blueberry gin and tonics surrounded by fresh blueberries.

What is tonic water?

Many people get confused by the differences between tonic water vs. club soda. You definitely want tonic water for a gin and tonic.

While tonic water and club soda are both carbonated, tonic water has added quinine and sugar. That gives tonic flavor in addition to the bubbles, so they aren’t interchangeable. You can find reduced-calorie tonic waters that are made with sugar substitutes.

Tip from the wise quacker: tonic water was created as a way to deliver quinine as an anti-malarial in the 1800s, although it’s no longer in high quantities. So you can’t use modern tonic water as an anti-malarial unless you drink a lot of it.

Even then, most of the malaria around the world is resistant to quinine, so it probably wouldn’t work anyway.

Tips and tricks

Blueberry simple syrup

Making this blueberry simple syrup is, well, simple. Combine the sugar, water, and blueberries in a small pot and heat on low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the blueberries have started to pop. Let cool, mash the blueberries, and strain through a fine mesh strainer.

You can store simple syrups in the refrigerator for one to two weeks. Having different simple syrups makes it so each to change up your cocktails.

Variations and substitutions

  • Use vodka in place of gin for a blueberry vodka tonic.
  • Blackberries would work here too. You might want to use a fine mesh strainer to catch all of those seeds.
  • Make a lavender blueberry gin and tonic by adding a tablespoon of culinary lavender blossoms to the blueberry simple syrup as it cools.
a lavender and blueberry gin and tonic on a railing overlooking a back yard.

FAQs

What is the best gin for this gin and tonic?

The best gin is the one you have. We often use Tanqueray for the gin and tonics in our house. You could also make a variation of this recipe with blueberry gin or infuse your own gin with blueberries.

Related recipes

If you love this blueberry gin and tonic, check out other highball cocktails like the Elderflower Collins. Or browse the uglyducklingbakery archives of adult beverages for other summer cocktails like this raspberry jalapeno Bramble, spicy margarita, or a gin espresso martini.

Do you love blueberries? Try your hand at these blueberry mini pies.

Blueberry Gin and Tonic

5 from 1 vote
Category: Drinks
Cuisine: Unspecified
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 1
Calories: 174kcal
This blueberry gin and tonic is a highball cocktail made with gin, blueberry simple syrup, lime juice, and tonic water. It's the perfect summer drink.
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Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

Blueberry simple syrup

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

  • 2 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce blueberry simple syrup
  • ½ ounce lime juice
  • 4 ounces tonic water

Instructions

Blueberry simple syrup

  • Combine the sugar, water, and blueberries in a small pot and heat on low heat. Once the sugar has dissolved and the blueberries are starting to burst, turn off the heat and let the blueberry syrup steep for 30 minutes.
    ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup water, ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Mash the blueberries and filter the syrup into a small container using a fine mesh strainer.
  • Cool and store in the refrigerator for one to two weeks.

Blueberry gin and tonic

  • Fill a highball glass about halfway up with ice, and add the gin, blueberry simple syrup, and lime juice.
    2 ounce gin, 1 ounce blueberry simple syrup, ½ ounce lime juice
  • Top with 4 ounces tonic water or more to taste.
    4 ounces tonic water

Notes

Variation: Make a lavender blueberry gin and tonic by adding a tablespoon of culinary lavender blossoms to the simple syrup as it cools.

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 21g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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Note: This blueberry gin cocktail was first published as a lavender and blueberry gin and tonic using lavender simple syrup, muddled blueberries, gin, and tonic water on 4/21/2021. It was last updated on 8/18/2022.

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