As the Fourth of July approaches and Farmer’s Markets are in full swing, I’ve been looking for a fresh way to make a fun drink that can delight the masses. Not only is the vibrant blue of this drink visually appealing, but it tastes refreshing with your favorite summertime appetizers! Chips and guac, anyone?
Take a swing at this Refresher at your next family get-together or your upcoming Fourth of July BBQ and read on to see how it’s made!
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup blueberries, fresh (or frozen if out of season)
- 1/2 cup mint simple syrup
- 1 lime, squeezed
- Fresca/Sprite, flavored sparkling water, coconut water (something light, up to you!)
- 2 oz. gin or white rum (optional)
I know what you’re thinking. WHERE DO I GET MINT SIMPLE SYRUP, BECCA?!
Here’s the answer: you make it.
Yes, you make it. It’s easy, I promise. Take equal parts white sugar and water, place them in a small pot on your stove and simmer. It will appear cloudy and you will be able to see the grains of sugar at the bottom. Simmer until the mixture appears clear and there are no individual grains of sugar. Remove from heat, let cool, and voila! You made simple syrup. Give yourself a pat on the back!
To make mint simple syrup, once you remove the mixture from the heat, simply toss in a handful of mint, stir, let sit until cool and strain. This also works well with basil, rosemary, etc!
If you’re looking for a quick fix, most grocery stores sell pre-made simple syrups in the liquor department.
Combine all the ingredients in your blender and top off with 2 cups of ice. You might need more or less ice depending on how thick you want your drink.
Pro tip: Add your liquid first, then put the ice on top. That way the liquid goes between the ice cubes and you don’t end up with a frozen block of ice that refuses to blend.
Another option is to blend all the ingredients together, and just pour over ice. Make it like you would your favorite margarita, either blended or on the rocks!
Once it’s all blended up, pour into a Collins glass or margarita glass, and top with a few berries and a sprig of mint!
Obviously the alcohol is optional, but I think this makes a great alternative to some of your other classic party cocktails for this holiday weekend!
Let me know if you give this refresher a try and how you would change it up. Maybe try substituting strawberries and layer the two flavors for a real patriotic party? Leave a comment below letting me know your favorite cocktail, and what I should make next!