Who here loves a nice handcrafted cocktail to cap off the weekend? Corey and I have taken interest in recreating our favorite concoctions and also inventing our own. Our neighboring St. Lawrence County is home to two newish distilleries. This past fall, we stopped in to the Clayton Distillery in Clayton, NY and purchased a bottle of their Shoal Finder Gin. This gin is a bit stronger and fruitier than most gins, which tend to have that piney flavor reminiscent of a Christmas tree. We’ve mixed a few different things with the Shoal Finder; grapefruit juice, flavored seltzers, and of course tonic. Today however, I felt inspired to create something new with real fruit. Corey’s favorite flavor combo/profile of anything is Lemon Blueberry. (We plan to have a lemon blueberry wedding cake when we get married.) I do believe that any gin would suffice, but given that the Shoal Finder Gin has a fruitier flavor, I figured it would pair especially well with the lemon blueberry flavor combination. Some quick slicing and muddling, followed by a few quick pours of gin and seltzer yielded a pretty, bubbly, and refreshing drink that we will definitely be making again soon. Quick tip: if you don’t have a muddler (I don’t.), an ice cream scoop works quite well!
Lemon Blueberry Gin & Soda
Ingredients (serves 2):
– 1 fresh lemon
– 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
– 2 tsp lemon extract
– 3 shots of gin (I used Shoal Finder Gin from the Clayton Distillery)
– 2 tsp agave nectar (optional)
– 1 bottle of lemon seltzer
Place 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries and 2 slices of lemon at the bottom of each glass. Muddle until blueberries are mashed. Add 1 tsp pure lemon extract to each glass. Next, add 1 and 1/2 shots of gin to the glass and 1 tsp of agave nectar. Add ice and then pour seltzer to the top of glass. Give a light stir and then add a slice of lemon to the rim.
Cheers and enjoy!