Oh Monday… It is probably the least favorite days out of the whole week. No more fun and extra sleep. To cheer you up, I got you a refreshing drink recipe! It can be alcoholic or non-alcoholic, depends on whether you prefer alcoholic ginger beer, ginger beer or ginger ale. No one will judge if you feel like getting a bit tipsy even on Monday! 😉
Blueberries are in season now. They are something special when they are ripe and sweet. Recently, I had some Mexico jumbo blueberries from Bristol Farms. They were perfectly sweet. I couldn’t have enough. I remember we went blueberry picking near Santa Barbara a few years ago. That was totally awesome! You can eat your way while you are picking. They were super sweet and flavorful. To celebrate these juicy berries, I was determined to find a drink recipe that could show off their flavors. This recipe is just the right one! Even with only 5 blueberries, the blueberry flavor really came through. It is a sweet refreshing beverage for the spring and summer day. It is also great to serve with dinner. I promise you it is wonderful and you will want a second glass!
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Now enjoy the blueberry drink and have a happy Monday!
Blueberry Ginger Fizz
– 5 fresh blueberries, plus more for garnish
– 1 ounce simple syrup
– 1 ounce fresh lime juice (about 1½ limes)
– 6 ounces ginger ale or ginger beer or alcoholic ginger beer
– 3 – 4 ice cubes
– slice of lime (optional for garnish)
– ½ cup sugar
– ½ cup water
- To make simple syrup, in a small pot, add sugar and water. Cook over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. Transfer to an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- In a serving glass, add 5 blueberries and 1 ounce simple syrup. Muddle. Add the lime juice and ginger ale. Add ice cubes and stir. Garnish with extra blueberries and the slice of lime. Serve immediately.
- Ginger ale vs Ginger beer: Ginger ale and ginger beer are both carbonated drinks. The ginger flavor is not as strong in a ginger ale than ginger beer. Regular ginger beer only contains less than 0.5% alcohol, which is categorized as an non-alcoholic beverage. But there are also some alcoholic version out there, like Crabbie’s.
- This drink can be an alcoholic beverage or non-alcoholic. It depends on whether you use alcoholic ginger beer, ginger beer or ginger ale.
- I used Reed’s Premium Ginger Ale for this recipe.
(Adapted from Absolut)
Okay, girl…everyone enjoys a good drink. I love something like this and I love the alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic options. And I didn’t know any of that about Yummly. Good to know!
It was a really refreshing drink with clean flavors! Great for berry season. You should check out Yummly. It is very cool!
Lily Lau says
Thanks for sharing your blueberry drink, I’ll surely enjoy it! Have a nice week, doll! 🙂
Thanks Lily! It is a refreshing drink with clean flavors. Enjoy!
Meg @ Noming thru Life says
This sounds so ultra refreshing and perfect for summer… which may finally make it’s way to the Midwest yet 😉
The flavors were so nice! We made another one immediately after we took a sip, because one drink definitely wasn’t enough for 2! Hope you guys will get some warm weather and sun soon!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Yum! What a refreshing little drink.. perfect for spring-time.
Yea, so perfect for this time of the year, especially when the berries are in season! Thanks Thalia!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
This looks so refreshing! Love the blueberry and lime combo! Yum!
It was a really nice combo! I love this drink! Hope you will too.
Maryanne @ the little epicurean says
Whoa! I did not know you can go blueberry picking near Santa Barbara! Need to that do ASAP. Also, I guess it’s about time I check out Yummly 🙂
You gotta go to the Santa Barbara farm and check it out. I want to go back again soon!
Ginger beer doesn’t contain alcohol….same concept as root beer . It does have a much stronger ginger flavor than ginger ale though. This drink sounds delicious!
Ohhh…. After your comment, I did some searching around. I realized there are two types of ginger beers. When most people say ginger beer, it is refer to the one that doesn’t have alcohol. And then there are some that contain alcoholic, which they are specifically labelled as alcoholic ginger beer. I will make sure to add a note to the recipe. Thanks so much for pointing that out!
Anyhow, no matter which ginger beverage you use, it will taste fantastic!
Bonnie Eng says
This looks so refreshing…very thirsty now! The hubby and I are going to SB in a few weeks…I’ll have to see about blueberry picking when we get there!
Haha…. It was a nice drink. Going to make it a few more times before the blueberries go out of season. Enjoy the blueberry picking! It is so much fun! You guys will like it. 🙂
Kristen @ The Endless Meal says
This sounds so summery and delicious!
Thanks Kristen! It was a refreshing summer drink! Hope you enjoy it!