Blueberry Gin and Tonic

This blueberry gin and tonic screams “summer!” The next time you are 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.

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.

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

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.

Fun fact: 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. And, even then, most of the malaria around the world is resistant to quinine, so it wouldn’t work anyway.

a lavender and blueberry gin and tonic on a railing overlooking a back yard.

FAQs about this blueberry gin and tonic

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.

Can I substitute another alcohol in place of the gin?

Yes. Vodka seems a reasonable answer to this question to make a blueberry vodka tonic.

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

Blackberries would work here too. You might want to use a fine mesh strainer to catch all of those seeds.

Related recipes

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.

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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  • Cocktail shaker


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


Blueberry simple syrup

  • Combine the sugar, water, and blueberries in a small pot and heat on low heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, turn off the heat and let the syrup steep for 30 minutes.
    ½ cup granulated sugar, ½ cup water, ½ cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 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


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


Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Sodium: 18mg | Potassium: 19mg | Sugar: 21g | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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Note: This blueberry gin and tonic 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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