Friday, July 5, 2013

Long Weekend Cocktail: Blueberry Lavender Vodka Spritzer

I was so caught up with my July 4th celebrating that I forgot to post my Thursday Night Cocktail. My apologies! Seeing as it's Friday, (Yay!) I think a Long Weekend Cocktail post is in order.

The recipe makes a 32 oz. pitcher, which is always a helpful time-saver when you are having a group of people over. If you have a couple of pitchers reader to go, you can spend more time mingling and less time bar tending. 

Recipe via The Kitchn


1 cup blueberries, for ice cubes
2 cups vodka
3/4 cup blueberry lavender simple syrup* recipe below
4 ounces lime juice
Soda water
Fresh lavender for garnish


Divide the cup of blueberries between two ice cube trays and fill with water. Freeze completely. OR spread them evenly on a sheet tray and freeze until solid.

In a glass pitcher combine the vodka, simple syrup, lime juice, and club soda. Add ice cubes. Add remaining ice cubes to glasses. Pour the mixture over top and serve with a sprig of lavender.

Blueberry Lavender Simple Syrup Recipe

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup blueberries
4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried food-grade lavender buds)

Combine these three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to a low simmer and add 4 lavender sprigs (or 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried lavender) and keep on low heat for 10 minutes.

Strain pressing the blueberries to get all of their juice.

I hope everyone enjoys the rest of the holiday weekend!

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