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Blueberry Gin Cocktail

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Learn how to make this gorgeous, layered Blueberry Gin Cocktail or as I like to call it, Blueberry Gin Gin Fizz. Made with a layer of homemade blueberry syrup on the bottom, spicy ginger beer in the middle and topped with this beautiful gin. Easy steps to create this lovely ombré layered look by a simple “float” process.

Nothing says welcome summer like this layered red, white and blue cocktail, a beautiful Patriotic and might I say tasty cocktail for your summer entertaining. I’ve dubbed it the Blueberry Gin Gin Fizz!

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Image of a bluebuerry gin fizz with pansies and blueberries strewn about.


This beautiful red, white and blue berry gin cocktail drink is so simple to make!

  • Blueberry Simple Syrup | make this simple syrup ahead of time and keep in the fridge for fabulous drinks all week long!
  • Mint | I love the taste of mint in this blueberry cocktail, brightens it up nicely.
  • Ginger Beer| I used a delicious spicy, Ginger Beer (non-alcoholic), but you can also use regular Ginger Ale, Club Soda, Tonic Water, or sparkling water; it will alter the sweetness depending on what you decide to use.
  • Lemon | Just a squeeze, adds a lovely citrus brightness to the drink
  • Gin | I used Empress Gin which is an all-natural, gluten free gin, infused with butterfly pea blossoms giving it this gorgeous purple-blue color. You may of course use any gin.
  • Garnish | Skewer fresh blueberries onto a pretty cocktail stick and freeze or use fresh. Add a twist of lemon and or a sprig of mint makes a beautiful garnish for this cocktail.

How to Make a Blueberry Cocktail

Once you make the blueberry syrup, this blueberry gin cocktail comes together really quickly!

  • Place 3-4 mint leaves in the bottom of an old-fashioned glass
  • Pour 2 oz Blueberry syrup over the mint and muddle gently with muddler, or use end of a wooden spoon.
  • Squeeze in 1/8 of a lemon, or to taste.
Process shots for blueberry gin cocktail first image of mason jar filled with blueberry syrup and second image pouring blueberry syrup in glass on top of mint leaves.
  • Fill the glass with cubed or crushed ice (I like crushed in my cocktails, so crushed some in my blender).
  • Lay a spoon upside down on top of the ice and slowly pour a few ounces of the ginger beer (or mixer) to float it on top of the blueberry syrup mixture.
blueberry gin cocktail process shots, glass filled with ice, pouring ginger beer over back of spoon into cocktail to float.
  • Slowly pour the gin over the back of the same spoon, floating it on top of the other two layers.
  • Garnish with blueberries, lemon twist and mint sprig if desired. Stir before sipping.
Process shots for blueberry gin cocktail pouring purple gin over back of spoon floating on top of the ginger beer and finished cocktail with garnish on top.

How to Float Liquor in a Drink

Learn this bar-tending secret in seconds learning this simple and easy method of floating, or creating a layered cocktail.

  • Start with the heaviest layer of liquid first, I’ve taken the guess work out of the order for you. The Blueberry Simple Syrup is your heaviest layer, which is why we start with that on the bottom.
  • Next we add ice, because we want it nice and chilled, we will do the mixer layer next.
  • The easiest way to describe how to float layers of liquor or in this case, three different liquids is by going slow and using the back of a spoon. Any spoon will work, but I used a bit larger spoon in this drink.
  • By pouring the liquid over the back of a spoon, this slows the dispersion of the liquid, allowing it to “float” on top of the previous layer.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use another gin?

Absolutely, any gin will work great in this recipe, but of course you will not get the color definition as with the blue purple Empress Gin.

Do I need to use Blueberry Simple Syrup

If you do not want to take the time to make your own blueberry syrup, you may replace it with Grenadine syrup, this will still yield that gorgeous red color on the bottom, but of course would make it no longer a blueberry gin cocktail.

Can I make into a Mocktail?

I always say yes, because some folks just don’t drink alcohol and I get it! This cocktail will be a little harder to emulate without the gin, however these are my thoughts on a mocktail. Use the blueberry syrup on the bottom, maybe 3 oz instead of 2 oz. Use your favorite mixer or even a good lemonade for the middle and top with a blue soda or sports drink, if you want to stick with a red, white and blue look!

Blueberry Gin Cocktail with lemon sugar rim and bottle of Empress Gin in backgroudn with pansies and blueberries.

How to Rim the Glass in Lemon Sugar

If you want the look with the lemon sugared rim for the blueberry gin fizz, then follow these simple instructions.

  1. Place a few tablespoons of sugar (I used all-natural cane sugar) and 1 teaspoon of lemon or lime zest.
  2. Rub the zest and sugar together gently with your fingers to flavor the sugar.
  3. Using a wedge of lemon or lime, rub around the rim of glass (and down the side if you want the look above). Then roll the glass in the lemon sugar and turn upside down to rim the glass.

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  1. 5 stars
    Wonderful cocktail! MAde the syrup from scratch using fresh blueberries and it was simply divine! The perfect and refreshing drink on a hot summer day for all blueberry lovers!

  2. 5 stars
    I’m a sucker for any gin cocktail and this one has got to be my new favorite. I tried it over the weekend and now I’m planning on making it for the Fourth of July!