Blueberry and Mint Spritzer
|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|
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.
Chill completely and strain out solids into a container by pushing on the blueberries to extract as much juice as possible.
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.
Garnish with a few blueberries and a mint leaf.
Yield: 8 (8 oz.) drinks
This program brought to you by the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council