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Good JuJu Gin Cocktail

  • Author: Taming of the Spoon
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes (includes time to make simple syrup)
  • Yield: 1 cocktail glass or 1 large pitcher

Ingredients

For the blueberry-lavender-juniper simple syrup

  • 2 quarts of water
  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon dried lavender
  • 1 tablespoon dried juniper berries
  • 6 cups granulated sugar

For the cocktail

  • 1 ounce Waterloo No. 9 Gin
  • 2 1/2 ounces blueberry-lavender-juniper simple syrup
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh blueberries and lemon slices, for garnish

Instructions

For the blueberry-lavender-juniper simple syrup

  1. Add blueberries and water to a large saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil. Stir in lavender and juniper berries. Adjust heat so that mixture is at a gentle simmer and cook for 45 minutes. Strain liquid into a clean bowl. Discard solids.  Add sugar to the blueberry mixture and stir until all sugar is dissolved.
  2. Cool completely before using.

For the cocktail

  1. In a cocktail glass, stir together gin, simple syrup, and lemon juice. Add ice and garnish with blueberries and a slice of lemon.

Notes

The recipe makes quite a bit of simple syrup. To make serving easier, mix the cocktail by the pitcher rather than the glass by stirring together 2 cups gin, 5 cups simple syrup, and 4 cups lemon juice.

Recipe courtesy of Treaty Oak Distilling. I changed the proportions to suit my personal taste. You can view the original recipe here. Feel free to experiment to suit your preferences.