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.

FAQs about this lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

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.

a picture of a lavender and blueberry gin and tonic on a railing overlooking a back yard
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 fine mesh strainer to catch all of those seeds.

Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 1
Author uglyducklingbakery

Equipment

  • Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

Lavender simple syrup

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

Lavender and blueberry gin and tonic

  • ¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1.5 ounce gin
  • 1 ounce lavender simple syrup
  • 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.
    1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1 tablespoon lavender blossoms
  • 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).
    1/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • Add the gin and lavender syrup, and strain the mixture into a highball or other glass filled with ice.
    1.5 ounce gin, 1 ounce lavender simple syrup
  • Top with tonic water to taste.
    1 ounce lavender simple syrup

What’s next?

If you make this lavender and blueberry gin and tonic, please drop a comment or share a pic with me on Instagram!

Browse the uglyducklingbakery archives of adult beverages like this cranberry Negroni, this lavender gimlet, or a gin espresso martini.

Really like lavender? Check out this Earl Grey lavender cake or these lemon and lavender shortbread cookies.

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