Dancing Queen

Inspiration sparked when I went to my local market and discovered they carried a new brand of various simple syrups. A few caught my eye, but one in particular, the blueberry mint. I find most of my inspiration in day to day encounters, so rather than purchasing this item, I knew I could make my own at home. Later that week, I had a friend visit and I wanted to experiment using this syrup with her. I settled on using Empress Gin and revolving the flavors around blueberry, mint, and lemon. Add a little club soda to make this beverage a bubbly, fruity, well-rounded drink to be served at your next gathering!

Serves:  2 Drinks –  Prepare Time: 5 minutes +/-

INGREDIENTS:

DANCING QUEEN:

  • 2 Ounces Empress 1908 Gin
  • 1-1/2 Ounces Limoncello
  • 1 Lemon, Juiced
  • 2 Ounces Blueberry Mint Simple Syrup (method below)
  • 3 Sprigs Mint
  • 1 Cup Blueberries
  • Club Soda
  • Ice
  • Sprig of Mint, For Garnish
  • Lemon Slice, For Garnish
  • Blueberries, For Garnish

DIRECTIONS:

1.) Add ice to either a cocktail shaker or mason jar along with the gin, lemon juice, limoncello, and simple syrup. Shake for 30 seconds, until ice is rounded.

2.) Strain into a glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a lemon slice, a sprig of mint and 3 blackberries skewered onto a toothpick. Enjoy and sip responsibly.

BLUEBERRY MINT SIMPLE SYRUP:

1.) In a large saucepan, add 1 cup of water, 1 cup of white granulated sugar, 1 cup fresh blueberries, and 3 sprigs of mint.

2.) On medium heat, stir mixture until sugar is fully dissolved. Turn down heat to low and let simmer for an additional 5 minutes, smashing the berries as they slowly break down. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain syrup to remove leftover berry skin and wilted mint.

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