A homemade blueberry syrup rounds out a tart spring berry cocktail made with rum and topped off with a fizz of sparkling soda.
Spring and warmer weather (admittedly, living on the coast in California where I can see the ocean, I use my imagination when it comes to “cooler weather”) inevitably switch my drink desires from something dark and moody to something light and fruity. I’m man enough to admit that I enjoy a quality fruit-based cocktail — because they’re amazing. Let’s do, shall we? Blueberry Rum Fizz, you’re a go!
What’s in this springtime elixir? I’ll give you a hint: the clues are in the name. You have blueberries. You have rum. You have some fizzle. The secret ingredient? Blueberry liqueur. BOOM!
The first thing you should secure is that blueberry liqueur. Luckily for us, our friends over at Tamworth Distillery (founded by Steven Grasse, creator of Hendricks gin) hooked us up with some of their Black Trumpet Blueberry cordial, so we were set. If you get a chance, hunt it down, the addition of black trumpet mushrooms makes it very interesting (in a good way).
Next, you’ll need a quality white rum. The richness that rum gets from the sugarcane plays fantastically with blueberries. You get a nice tart, you get a nice sweet, you get some friendly roundness — yes, we have a match made for the ages.
Yes, if you’re wondering, you can get a cheap white rum — totally within your rights. As always, this is a judgement free zone. Though, if you’re doing this for yourself, I’m voting for you to spoil yourself. Celebrate you, you crazy, wild diamond you.
Finally? Some sugar, some blueberries and some club soda. It’s a fizz for a reason.
So, we have our rum, blueberry liqueur, blueberries, sugar and club soda. Let’s toss those together, kick up our feet and admire some flowers (because spring).
- 2 OZ. WHITE RUM
- 1 OZ. FRESH LEMON JUICE
- 1 OZ. BLUEBERRY LIQUEUR
- 1 TSP. SUGAR
- CLUB SODA
- GLASS TYPE: OLD FASHIONED
- Take some blueberries (let’s say a half handful) and put them in your cocktail shaker with sugar.
- Muddle them together.
- Congrats, you’ve just made blueberry syrup!
- Add rum, lemon juice and blueberry liqueur to your blueberry syrup.
- Add some ice.
- Shake it.
- Finish your shaking.
- Nod in approval.
- Fill your old-fashioned glass with ice.
- Pour your now perfectly shaken cocktail into your glass.
- Top with club soda.
- That makes the fizz.
- Garnish with blueberries.
- That makes the sexy.