Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

G+T’s scream “summer!” to me, and this lavender and blueberry gin and tonic yells it just a little bit louder. The next time you are looking for a cold, slightly sweet cocktail for a warm day, get out your muddler, because this is the drink you want.

Frequently asked questions

Is there quinine in tonic water?

Yes, tonic water was created as a way to deliver quinine as an anti-malarial in the 1800s. Quinine is still present in tonic water, although it’s no longer in high enough quantities to be used as an anti-malarial or to self-medicate your restless leg syndrome unless you drink a lot of it. Please don’t do that.

What is the best gin for a lavender and blueberry gin and tonic?

The best gin is the one you have. We use Tanqueray for the G+Ts in our house.

Can I substitute another alcohol in place of the gin?

Yes. Vodka seems a reasonable answer to this question.

I’m allergic to blueberries. Can I sub something else?

Blackberries would work here too. You might want to use a strainer with small openings to catch all of those seeds.

Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

Servings 1
Author uglyducklingbakery

Ingredients

Lavender simple syrup

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tbsp lavender blossoms

Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

  • ¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1.5 oz gin
  • 1 oz lavender simple syrup (above)
  • tonic water

Instructions

Lavender simple syrup

  • Combine the sugar, water, and lavender blossoms in a small pot and bring to a boil. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and let the syrup steep for 30 minutes.
  • Filter the syrup into a small container using a chinois or as fine a strainer as you have.
  • Cool and store in the refrigerator for up to one month.

Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

  • Muddle the blueberries in a cocktail shaker (so that you can filter out the solids).
  • Add the gin and lavender syrup, and strain the mixture into a highball or other glass filled with ice.
  • Top with tonic water to taste.

What’s next?

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