Blueberry Vodka Cocktail with Mint
I love a good cocktail! This Blueberry Vodka Cocktail with Mint is the perfect summer cocktail to enjoy with friends. Muddled fresh blueberries with lime juice and mint are at the base of this healthy cocktail.
You must be wondering, how can a cocktail be healthy?! My Blueberry Vodka Cocktail is healthier because we are using such a small amount of sweetener –– 1 teaspoon of maple syrup – and there are fresh (or frozen) blueberries! It’s refreshing all year long.
The sweet and tart taste of blueberries make it an intriguing and delicious star of this cocktail. It doesn’t hurt that blueberries are full of antioxidants, potassium and vitamin C. One cup of blueberries or two of my blueberry vodka cocktails will provide 24% of the daily recommendation of vitamin C. 1
Frozen blueberries can work as well. Just make sure to let them thaw out a bit before muddling them. And if you haven’t tried using Wild Blueberries –– you must! They are smaller than cultivated blueberries and will give your cocktail a more tangy taste. If you find the blueberry vodka cocktail is too tangy, add another teaspoon of maple syrup.
If you do not have the equipment I used in the video and listed in the recipe to make my blueberry vodka cocktail, no problem! I will recommend some quick hacks to make them without. With that said, you may find yourself making my blueberry vodka cocktail quite often, so it could be worth the investment 🙂
We have all ogled over a bartender who is shaking a cocktail while taking a drink order and wiping down the bar. Cocktail shakers became a “thing” for bartenders to use in the mid-1800’s.
Using a cocktail shaker does three things to help make my blueberry vodka taste great. 2
- First, it thoroughly mixes cold beverages, which is much quicker than mixing with a stirring stick.
- Second, it will chill a drink super fast. The ice acts as a “blender ball” to combine all the ingredients while also chilling them. The ice is also broken into smaller pieces, which provides more cold surface area.
- Lastly, it helps to dilute the drink. Cocktail recipes account for the water dilution provided by ice, so we definitely want to shake – not stir – our drink.
If you do not have a cocktail shaker, I recommend using a mason jar! Make sure the seal is properly working and use a pint or quart, glass mason jar to shake up my blueberry vodka cocktail!
A muddler is another essential tool for a bartender. It is used to gently pulverize, smash, and muddle the ingredients in a drink. In this recipe, the blueberries, mint and lime juice are being muddled to make my blueberry vodka cocktail. Muddlers are typically made of wood, metal or plastic.3
The purpose of muddling in this recipe is to extract the essential oils from the mint leaves and the juice from blueberries. To muddle, place all ingredients in your shaker or mason jar and gently give the muddler a half-turn. It took about four to six half-turns of the muddler till I was satisfied with my blueberry vodka cocktail.
Before I bought a proper muddler, I used the handle of my sturdiest wooden spoon. After using a wooden spoon to muddle your blueberry vodka cocktail it’s important to rinse off all the juices so you do not stain the handle.
Make it your own!
After you make my blueberry vodka cocktail, try it with different fruits like strawberries, raspberries and peaches. Instead of maple syrup, how about honey or agave? I used regular seltzer water to make my blueberry vodka cocktail, but a flavored variety such as lime or lemon will also taste delicious.
I can’t imagine this drink without bubbles. If you are feeling extra fancy, replace the seltzer water with prosecco or champagne! Please invite me over when you do! 🙂
So what are you waiting for?! This drink can be ready in minutes and you do not need any of the fancy equipment that I used. Check out my equipment hacks for how to replace a cocktail shaker and muddler.
Looking for other fun and boozy drinks similar to my blueberry vodka cocktail? Try a Pomegranate Old Fashion, Maple Bourbon Old Fashion,or my Kombucha Mojito. If you want more blueberries and less alcohol try my Wild Blueberry Winter Warming Smoothie.
- Blueberries: Health benefits, facts, and research. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/287710.php. Accessed December 3, 2019.
- The Best Cocktail Shakers for Beginners & How to Use Them • A Bar Above. https://abarabove.com/cocktail-shakers/. Accessed January 3, 2020.
- How to Choose and Use a Muddler to Mix Great Cocktails. https://www.thespruceeats.com/how-to-muddle-cocktails-759942. Accessed January 3, 2020.
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/4 cup mint leaves
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1/2 cup seltzer
- mint sprigs for garnish
- Place blueberries, mint, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add ice, maple syrup, and vodka. Shake vigorously to blend.
- Strain into a high ball glass (or for a fun twist, use a mason jar) with ice. Top with seltzer water. Garnish with a mint sprig.