Well this is a first: writing a drink recipe on our website. There is a first time for everything! When Raychel and I decided to challenge ourselves to write every weekday on our blog, we decided to bring back some FUN (on Fridays, obviously) and include everything from music to fashion to drinks and more. My husband makes a mean dark chocolate martini, complete with artsy looking chocolate swirls and everything, so someday I’ll share that recipe here. I’m not quite so fancy with my presentation, and since he wasn’t home to help with this little project of the day, I’m going to share with you one of my other personal favorites (that I can totally accomplish on my own, mind you) – Blueberry Bay Gin & Tonic.
Here’s what you’ll need…
- Tonic Water
- Dried Bay Leaves
- Frozen Blueberries
- Gin (Today I’m using Bombay Sapphire)
- A pretty glass (because it makes it feel fancier *wink*)
Remember The Secret Ingredient!
Ice Ball. Yep. That’s the secret ingredient! You can thank Mr. Nate Anderson for this one, as he has become quite the fan of ice balls for drinks. (Okay, who else is laughing at that sentence?! Seriously! I promise I’m not actually drinking the Blueberry Bay Gin & Tonic as I write this!) Anyway, for real. One ice ball is the secret ingredient to making this drink just the right ratio of yummy and not too strong. (All the lightweights raise your glass and say “thanks, Mandy!”)
Mix It Up
I’m a dump and pour kind of gal when I cook, and when I mix my own drinks. However, this is written in order of how I normally put this together. You do what you want, though, and go crazy out of order if you must!
- First put a few dried bay leaves in the bottom of the glass.
- Next, place the ice ball on top of the bay leaves.
- Now fill the glass with however many blueberries that you want. I suggest a good handful.
- Okay now we are ready for the gin! Pour one shot of gin over those blueberries.
- Now fill the rest of the glass with tonic water. Not quite to the rim.
There you have it! A beautiful, elegant looking Blueberry Bay Gin & Tonic to enjoy at home. (Nobody will judge you if you fish the blueberries out as an extra snack when the drink is gone. Well, at least nobody here on the big blue couch.)