Blueberry and Mint Spritzer

This belly-fat recipe for Blueberry and Mint Spritzer makes a beautiful cocktail that's wonderful on a hot summer day. Club soda added right before serving creates a refreshing, spritzy sensation. Make it alcohol-free by leaving out the vodka.

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

3 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup simple syrup

1/2 cup lime juice

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 cup torn mint leaves

4 cups ice cubes

8 fluid ounces vodka (optional)

4 cups club soda

1 cup fresh blueberries, for garnish

8 mint leaves, for garnish

  1. In a small saucepan, combine the 3 cups of blueberries, simple syrup, lime juice, and lemon zest, and bring to a boil.

    You can buy simple syrup (aka sugar syrup) in liquor stores, or even better, make your own! Simply combine equal parts sugar and water in a bottle and shake until the sugar is completely dissolved. Store it in a well-sealed container in the refrigerator up to six months.

  2. Remove the blueberry mixture from the heat, and add the 1 cup of torn mint leaves.

  3. Stir with a wooden spoon to release the mint aromas.

  4. Chill completely in the refrigerator.

  5. Transfer the blueberry mixture to a strainer over a large bowl. Push on the blueberries in the strainer, to extract as much juice as possible.

  6. For each drink, combine 3 ounces of the chilled blueberry base in a shaker with 1/2 cup ice cubes.

  7. Add 1 ounce vodka per drink (if using) and shake; strain into a chilled glass.

  8. Add 4 ounces club soda.

  9. Garnish each drink with a few blueberries and a mint leaf.

Per serving: Calories 151 (From Fat 3); Fat 0g (Saturated 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 28mg; Carbohydrate 22g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 1g.

Note: This recipe is reproduced from www.blueberrycouncil.org. Reproduced with the permission of the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.

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