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Blueberry Thyme Gin Fizz

Blueberry Thyme Gin Fizz

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I have been playing with flavored waters and homemade simple syrups for a while.  I like to keep a big pitcher of flavored water on the counter, that is replenished throughout the day.  It is a great way to remind me to hydrate, and the different flavors make the water more interesting.  Neither of us are soda drinkers at home as we like to stay away from extra sugar.  Instead, I have been playing with different flavored simple syrups and putting Sam to great use.  Sam, our Soda Stream, is a must-have for making healthy, homemade sodas at home.  As well he is great at making bubbly water for cocktails such as this refreshing and intoxicating Blueberry Thyme Gin Fizz.  Summer never tasted so good.

 

 

 

When I make our flavored simple syrups, I keep the sugar content low and let it cook a little longer to thicken.  I use raw unrefined sugar, which is made from actual sugar cane that has been dehydrated to keep to the true flavors.  As well it is less processed than white table sugar.  I love the rich flavor and color.  Then I simply add fruit, smash it down, and let it do its thing.  About 5 minutes from removing from the heat I add fresh herbs and let it set while cooling.  Not only is it easy but it is fun to try using different fruits and flavor combinations.

I have a feeling these blueberry thyme gin fizzes are going to be enjoyed often during the summer.  The tart blueberries and floral thyme really compliment the juniper in the gin.  If, you want to serve as a soda, simply leave out the gin.  The little ones will love it, and you will be happy that it is not overloaded with preservatives.

 

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Blueberry Thyme Simple Syrup

Ingredients:

2/3 cup raw unrefined sugar

1 2/3 cup water

1-pint blueberries

3 sprigs of fresh thyme

How To:

In a saucepan add everything except for the thyme.

Over low heat dissolve the sugar, while gently smashing the blueberries.

Continue cooking the syrup until thickened, over low heat, stirring occasionally. It will take about about 30 – 35 minutes.

The last five minutes add the thyme. Stir.

Remove from the heat and let sit to cool.

Bottle and store in the fridge.

Blueberry Thyme Gin Fizz

Ingredients:

2 ounces blueberry thyme simple syrup

1-ounce gin

splash of bubbly water

thyme sprig as garnish

ice

How To:

Fill a cocktail glass with ice.

Add the simple syrup and gin. Stir.

Top with bubbly water.

Garnish.

Serve.

Sip.

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Brian @ A Thought For Food

Thursday 9th of May 2013

I know what I'm making... like, right now. Come to me, baby!

Seriously, I am throwing Eric a bday party on the Cape next month and I think our friends are going to just love this.

admin

Thursday 9th of May 2013

We drank it all last summer. LOVED. Cannot wait to hear the verdict.

Janet

Sunday 1st of July 2012

. . . and now I have a fun thing to do with all these awesome farmers marjet blueberries and the thyme in my garden! Great idea - thank you! Do you think a honey simple syrup might work?

Denise Woodward

Monday 2nd of July 2012

Janet, I am sure that honey simple syrup will make this cocktail even more luscious. I would try using 1 1/2 ounces of simple syrup, since honey can be a bit sweeter. Have fun with it. Let us know what you think. ~ Denise & Lenny

Brian @ A Thought For Food

Saturday 30th of June 2012

Just the cocktail to sip on one of these brutally hot days. Love that simple syrup!