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Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic

Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic

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Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic
Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic

Recipe At-A-Glance

This Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic is a summer cocktail that uses the best flavors of the season! You can even skip the vodka and still have a tasty mocktail.

Ready in 10 minutes

There aren’t nearly enough cocktail recipes on my blog. I love creating yummy cocktails, and I think it’s high time that my blog reflects my love of libations.

We went blueberry picking early this week and nabbed a couple of gallons of juicy, sweet, and flavorful berries. These berries are so much more flavorful than anything I’ve ever had from the store! It’s like an entirely different fruit. And they are absolutely wonderful in this cool and crisp summer cocktail!

Blueberries

I drink a lot of gin and tonics throughout the summer (my cocktail of choice), but I’ve just recently gotten into vodka tonics. The great thing about vodka is its lack of flavor—it is perfect for using as a base to add in other flavors.

I drink a gin and tonic when I want something simple and classic. I drink a vodka tonic when I want to add all kinds of crazy fun flavors (like, ahem, blueberries and basil).

Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic

Just make sure to use good vodka. Seriously, leave behind the bottom-shelf handle you used to binge drink in college (ahem, not me, no, never). Pay for some stuff from the top shelf—you won’t be sorry. Better quality vodka really lets the flavor of the blueberries and sweet basil shine through.

Poor quality vodka tastes like booze. Good quality vodka tastes like almost nothing. We’re lucky enough to have an amazing distillery about 10 minutes away from our house that uses local corn to make their vodka. It is gooooodddd stuff!

Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic

I’ve been focusing so much on our blueberry haul, that I haven’t talked to about our basil! Holy cow, our basil plants are beautiful this year. Lush, green, and packed full of flavor. We plant a ton of basil every year because it is a wonderful companion plant in the garden (it helps improve the flavor of tomatoes when planted nearby), and it’s so easy to preserve for the winter—we just freeze it in cubes after pureeing it in the food processor.

I pick a handful of basil almost everyday to throw into whatever we are having for dinner—there is pretty much nothing that basil doesn’t go with. I know when you think “basil” you don’t automatically think “sweet,” but it’s such a wonderful combination. Basil and chocolate are amazing together. And basil with sweet fruit? Incredible! It’s a wonderfully strange pairing.

Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic

If you aren’t into the hooch as much as I am, you can easily make this non-alcoholic, and it’ll still taste delicious. Just leave out the vodka, and enjoy!
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Blueberry-Basil Vodka Tonic


  • Author: Cassie Johnston
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cocktails

Description

This Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic is a summer cocktail that uses the best flavors of the season! You can even skip the vodka and still have a tasty mocktail.


Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup fresh blueberries, plus extra for garnish
  • 4 large basil leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • Ice
  • Vodka
  • Tonic Water

Instructions

  1. Combine the sugar, water, blueberries, and basil leaves in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and continue to boil until the blueberries have popped and the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, transfer to a heat-proof container, and then chill until cold.
  3. To make cocktails: fill a high ball glass (or a pint Mason jar!) with ice, add in two tablespoons of the blueberry-basil syrup, followed by 1 1/2 ounces of vodka. Fill to top with tonic water. Garnish with extra blueberries and basil leaves, if desired.

FYI: This will be my last post for a few weeks. No worries, though! I’m just taking some much needed R&R time with my friends and family. I have SO many fun ideas that I want to implement in the next few months, and I can’t wait to come at them with a fresh perspective once my vacation is over. In the mean time, you can keep up with me on social media (I can’t quit you, Instagram). As always, thank you so much for being the best internet friends a gal could have. <3 See you in August!

Blueberry Basil Vodka Tonic

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  • This cocktail looks like it would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

    Enjoy your time off from the blog!

  • Kristin Q SAYS

    I can’t wait to try out this cocktail this weekend.

    Have a fantastic vacation! Super excited to see what’s up your sleeve upon your return :)

  • Shelley SAYS

    Can’t wait to make this!!

  • Is it weird that I want to find a way to get you a bottle of the St. Augustine Distillery’s Sugar Cane Vodka? It’s my local distillery… and really kind of incredible. They have a super awesome bar and farm to table restaurant attached, and use their vodka for a KILLER Florida Mule (variation on a Moscow Mule).

  • Jana SAYS

    Mhmmmm, this looks super yummy! Thanks for sharing this with us!

    Have funnnn in Canada! You deserve some vacation! :)

  • Brooke SAYS

    Yes! Would love more cocktail recipes. Gin and tonic is my favorite too!

  • Carrie SAYS

    My fingers are still stained from picking berries (in Finland), but just made this for pre-sauna happy hour and I’ve already been told to make more syrup for tomorrow:) so thank you!
    (I’m pretty sure I’ve never commented before, so in case it’s awhile before I do again, just thought I’d say how much I appreciate what you do here. I hope you’re enjoying your vacation. cheers!?

  • My mom always grew blueberries as well, and if we got to them before birds which was usually RARELY :( , they were a totally different flavor than any where else and so, so, so good!

  • rakhi SAYS

    @Admin

    This mixed drink appears as though it would be invigorating on a hot summer day.

    regards
    rakhi

  • My mother dependably developed blueberries also, and on the off chance that we got to them before winged creatures which was typically RARELY :( , they were an entirely unexpected flavor than anyplace else thus along these lines, so great!

  • Annabel SAYS

    Great work”” “BLUEBERRY BASIL VODKA TONIC” Is it unusual that I need to figure out how to get you a container of the St. Augustine Distillery’s Sugar Cane Vodka? It’s my nearby refinery… and truly sort of mind blowing. They have a super magnificent bar and ranch to table eatery connected, and utilize their vodka for a KILLER Florida Mule (minor departure from a Moscow Mule).

  • Hi,

    Mhmmmm, this looks super yummy! Much obliged for offering this to us!

    Have funnnn in Canada! You merit some excursion!
    :-)

  • This mixed drink appears as though it would be invigorating on a hot summer day.

  • Hi
    wow.. this looks very yummmi.. Gin and tonic is my favorite too!
    Regards
    Neeraj Sharma

  • hi,
    wow looks soo yummmii i loving it.Much obliged for offering this to us! i want to eat all these.
    Regards
    Matt

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