Blueberry Kitchen: Contemporary Recipes from the Culinary Institute of America

Blueberry and Mint Spritzer

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Ingredients Amount
Blueberries, fresh or frozen 3 cups
Simple syrup 1 cup
Lime juice ½ cup
Lemon zest 2 tsp.
Mint leaves, torn 1 cup
 
Club soda 4 cups
Vodka (optional) 8 fl. oz.
Blueberries, fresh 1 cup

Method

  1. Make the blueberry base: Combine the first four ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and add the mint leaves. Stir with wooden spoon to release the mint aromas.

  2. Chill completely and strain out solids into a container by pushing on the blueberries to extract as much juice as possible.

  3. For each drink: Combine 3 oz of the chilled blueberry base in a shaker with ½ cup ice cubes, 1 fl. oz. vodka if using, and shake to muddle and strain into a chilled glass; add 4 oz. club soda.

  4. Garnish with a few blueberries and a mint leaf.

Yield: 8 (8 oz.) drinks

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