We enter the Blueberry Full Moon tonight, and I’m posting this a smidge too late. Luckily, these ingredients should be easily available in order to make the Blueberry Moon Cocktail! The full moon occurs tonight, August 11th at 6pm. Midsummer Scream prep threw off my schedule a smidge, so I apologize for the lateness for interested mixologists that won’t have enough time to collect the ingredients.
Blueberry Moon Cocktail
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail glass
- Cocktail pick
- 3-4 leaves basil
- 9-12 blueberries
- 1 oz blueberry simple syrup
- ½ lemon or 1 oz lemon juice
- 2 oz Hendrick's Lunar Gin
- 1 bottle lemon soda water
- Chill glass in freezer while mixing your cocktail
- Add 6-8 blueberries and 2-3 basil leaves to cocktail shaker to muddle
- Top shaker with ice then add gin, simple syrup and lemon juice
- Shake vigorously
- Remove glass from freezer
- Double strain ingredients from cocktail shaker into glass
- Top to taste with lemon soda water
- Spear basil leaf with three blueberries onto cocktail pick then add to glass for garnish
Once again, I’ve deviated from the traditional moon name. Sturgeon Moon is what it’s commonly known as, but it has also been known as the choke cherry moon and the blueberry moon. I didn’t think anyone would be interested in a fishy cocktail and since blueberries are common in my area, it seemed like the perfect choice. My husband and I created a beautiful blueberry cocktail for Sips & Spirits so I felt like I had a good handle for how to mix blueberries with gin.
You all know how much I love throwing in basil for an added flavor profile. Especially since our basil plant made a zombie comeback. Originally, I tried to get crafty with half blueberry simple syrup and half basil simple syrup. However, it was too sweet and the flavors of the blueberry and the basil were lost in the syrups. Instead, I went back to the Pink Moon cocktail roots and muddled some fresh blueberries with basil instead.
A Quick Flavored Simple Syrup Lesson for your Blueberry Moon Cocktail
I am addicted to making various simple syrups. Once I learned how easy it was, I couldn’t be stopped. And I’m here to let you in on the secret! Most simple syrups I make are an easy break down of a 1:1 ratio for ingredients. Always make sure it’s one part sugar, one part water and then, depending on your added flavor, one part of that. First, dissolve the sugar with the water over high heat. Then, bring to a gentle boil. Next, you’ll add your flavor ingredients and let simmer for five minutes. Finally, remove from the heat and let cool before using.
For example, I did one half cup of sugar, water and blueberries! Because the blueberries have their own juices, I let it simmer for a couple minutes longer to let it be a little thicker, but this is all based off of your personal preference.
Will you be giving the blueberry moon cocktail a try? Be sure to tell me what your thoughts on it!