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
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.
Remove the blueberry mixture from the heat, and add the 1 cup of torn mint leaves.
Stir with a wooden spoon to release the mint aromas.
Chill completely in the refrigerator.
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.
For each drink, combine 3 ounces of the chilled blueberry base in a shaker with 1/2 cup ice cubes.
Add 1 ounce vodka per drink (if using) and shake; strain into a chilled glass.
Add 4 ounces club soda.
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.