Blueberry Gincident

Yahoo! The Calgary Stampede is here for the next 10 days. It’s a time of dressing western to day drink on sunny patios or inside hot tents. You could stick with beer, but if you have access to fresh BC blueberries and Parlour Gin from Eau Claire Distillery, this Blueberry Gincident cocktail is just the thing to cool you down while simultaneously firing you up for the rodeo.

The folks from the BC Blueberry Council were in town earlier this week to promote the province’s berry bounty, which is in stores right now. They dropped off a ton of berries, so I juiced some, added local gin, lemon juice and simple syrup, and topped it off with soda water. The resulting cocktail is berry sweet, tart and refreshing. Drink in moderation to avoid a “gincident.” Giddy up!

Cool down during Stampede week with this refreshing gin and blueberry juice cocktail.

Cool down during Stampede week with this refreshing gin and blueberry juice cocktail.

Blueberry Gincident

  • 1.5 oz Parlour Gin
  • 1 oz fresh blueberry juice
  • 0.75 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 0.75 oz simple syrup (1:1 sugar to water)
  • Top soda water
  • Garnish: Mint sprig

Method: In a shaker combine gin, juices and syrup. Shake, then strain into a tall glass with ice. Top with soda water (about 1-2 oz, no more) and garnish with a mint sprig.

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