Homemade Blueberry Lemonade and Gin

Goodbyes are always unpleasant, and something we’ll all be saying goodbye to in the next couple of weeks and days is summer. The end of summer, for my fellow students and I means parting with friends who are traveling to different ends of the country and once again promising our parents that we won’t be stupid and we will call them more than once a month.

But before I return to the wonderful land of make-believe that is the Arts and Humanities department of my university, let us have one last drink together. Just you and I internet, let’s share a cocktail before things get heavy and the madness resumes.

Let’s keep it light, let’s keep it fruity and let’s make sure that it’s alcoholic.

– Anyone for some homemade blueberry lemonade and gin?

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DSC03498If you really want to indulge in this cocktail with me then you’ll need:

1 cup of blueberries 
1 lemon for decoration
5 other lemons for juicing
1/2 a cup of sugar
6 cups of sparkling water
1 measure of gin

To make the syrup you should:

Place the blueberries, sugar and one cup of water in a pan.
Bring to the boil.
Then once it starts to bubble, turn down the heat and leave to simmer until the blueberries begin to break down.
Stir repeatedly.
Once the liquid begins to take on a syrupy consistency, take off the heat. 
Strain the mixture through a sieve.
And then leave it to cool. 

Once the syrup is cool:

Juice the lemons.
Add the sparkling water.
Drop in some ice cubes.
And stir in the syrup.

To serve:

Measure out your gin.
Fill the remainder of the glass with lemonade and ice. 
Drop in a slice of lemon and a few blueberries. 

And now, enjoy.

Scott Orr, Slow down 
–Summer can you stay here just a little longer?

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