Are you looking for the perfect end-of-summer party drink? Look no further! For I have the solution to your party-planning woes before me (quite literally) and its name is the Blueberry Vodka Soda! That is its name because I just created it out of things in my fridge and I haven’t had time to give it a proper name yet. I challenge you to think of a fitting name for this drink.
In all honesty, it’s adapted from the Blackberry Gin Fizz recipe over at Smitten Kitchen, but as I have neither blackberries nor gin at the moment and I do have a box of blueberries that is on its last legs, I improvised. While the recipe makes only two drinks, it would be really easy to make four or a whole pitcher. Just play with the numbers. And it really doesn’t matter what brands you use. I made one with Belvedere and one with Skol. There’s a lot of sweet fruit in there, so you can’t really tell the difference. (Unless you really know your vodka, I guess.) Finally, I added an extra dash of DeKuyper’s Blueberry Blast to really up the blueberry ante. You don’t have to do that. Unless it’s in your fridge already and you feel like it.
To the recipe!
Blueberry Vodka Soda
- 3 shots vodka
- 1 shot DeKuyper’s Blueberry Blast*
- 1/2 c. blueberries
- 2 T sugar
- Healthy squeeze of lemon juice
- club soda to fill the glass
- Blend the blueberries and sugar together. I used the awesome ninja blender on the counter. You could probably just macerate them in a bowl with a fork, but you really want to get them as liquified as possible. So blender is better. Especially if you’re making a party-sized amount.
- Press the liquified blueberries through a sieve and into the glasses or pitcher. Full disclosure: I do not have a sieve, so I did not do this. Blueberries aren’t super seedy, and I don’t mind a little sediment in my drink. It didn’t make that much of a difference, I think, and saved about 15 minutes. It’s your call.
- Put ice in the glasses.
- Mix all the other ingredients into the glasses, or if making in bulk, pour them into the pitcher.
Honestly, this feels light, summery, and like something you could enjoy in your backyard with friends. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to have seconds.
Quick apology for not taking pictures, but I take terrible food pictures. You can go look at Deb’s pictures from Smitten Kitchen, though. Her pictures are actually pretty and worth looking at just for the sake of wondering why you weren’t given any talents by your fairy godmothers at birth.