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BLUEBERRY LEMON AND CUCUMBER GIN MOJITOS


I hope you guys aren’t getting sick of collaborative content, because today’s post is a collaboration with a good blogging chum of mine, Dana over at  Killing Thyme. Dana’s blog may sound familiar because I’ve mentioned it a few times here at JustineCelina! Dana and I met last year through The Food Bloggers of Canada and you could say we became fast blogging friends — we clicked right away. I love Dana’s zest for life that’s wildly apparent in her content, her voice and authenticity, her generosity, and of course, her fantastic recipes and culinary knowledge! You see, Dana has been at this whole blogging thing a lot longer than I have and she’s always been so supportive of what I’m doing. In short, she’s a an absolute gem and I’m sure you’ll love her content and her blog just as much as I do! Pop over to check out my guest post and grab the recipe for my Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos.

So, when she asked if I’d be up for a guest post on her site, I jumped at the opportunity! You see, we both love a great cocktail, so I knew my Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos would be a perfect fit! They combine sweet blueberries with refreshing lemon, cucumber and mint with a healthy dose of gin and a splash splash of soda water for just the right amount of sparkle. These late summer sipper are free of refined sugars and made with all natural ingredients — so the next time you’re craving a cooling summer cocktail, indulge yourself with a fresh twist on the classic mojito! Cheers to sharing the love, to new blogs and new friends!


BLUEBERRY LEMON AND CUCUMBER GIN MOJITOS


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In the fridge, I found lots of fresh lemons, along with a gorgeous bunch of mint and some cucumbers. I immediately thought of a gin based, mojito-style cocktail. There were also some fresh blueberries set out for snacking right next to where I was playing mixologist, so I decided to muddle a few in with the other ingredients. I took a sip to test my creation and I was shocked at how much I liked it — gin and all! So, I decided to make one for myself with a few tweaks and that was how this Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojito recipe was conceived.

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I’ve been blueberry crazy this summer! We’re coming to the end of blueberry season in North America and I’ve been experimenting with different ways to preserve them to make the magic last. What I came up with is a blueberry simple syrup made from honey, rather that traditional white sugar. I’m all about making healthier, more natural substitutions in my cooking and baking — and yes, even in my cocktails. To be honest, we don’t even keep white sugar in our pantry! My Blueberry Honey Syrup adds so much flavour and a lovely purple hue to these cocktails.

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Ingredients


BLUEBERRY LEMON AND CUCUMBER GIN MOJITOS

Serves 1

• 1.5oz Blueberry Honey Syrup (recipe to follow)
• 2 oz of gin
• Juice from half a lemon
• 5 leaves fresh mint
• 5 slices of cucumber
• Soda water

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OPTIONAL GARNISH

• Sliced cucumbers
• Sliced lemon
• Blueberries
• Sprig of mint
• Edible flowers (I used pansies)

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BLUEBERRY HONEY SYRUP

• 4 cups fresh blueberries
• 1/2 cup water
• 1/2 cup honey
• Juice from half a lemon

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Instructions


1. If you’re making floral ice cubes, begin by sourcing your flowers, washing them and dropping them into the ice cube trays to freeze. You really can’t mess this up — so experiment with different flower placements within each cube and have fun with it!

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2. Start on your Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup. Add blueberries and water to a medium sauce pan over low heat. The blueberries will begin to break down quickly — help them along by pressing them with a potato masher to aid in extracting the juices. Simmer for 15 minutes.

3. Strain the blueberry juice into a heatproof bowl, using the potato masher press the juice through the strainer. Reserve the juice for the Blueberry Honey Syrup and discard the skins.

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4. Add the blueberry juice and honey back to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to thicken for 10 minutes.

5. Turn off the burner. Add the juice from half a lemon to your saucepan, stirring until incorporated. Allow your Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup to cool before using it in the Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos.

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6.
Begin assembling your cocktail by adding lemon juice, mint and cucumber to a cocktail shaker and muddling them together with a pestle. Add Blueberry Honey Syrup and a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously until the cocktail shaker becomes cold.

7. Add the contents of the cocktail shaker to your glass along with your gin. Pour soda water overtop to fill your glass to the desired level.

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8. Garnish your Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojito with a slice of lemon and a few blueberries on a cocktail skewer.

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9. Add a sprig of mint, or a few more edible flowers and enjoy!

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BLUEBERRY LEMON AND CUCUMBER GIN MOJITOS

My Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos combine sweet blueberries with refreshing lemon, cucumber and mint. A healthy dose of gin unites the flavour profiles of these late summer sippers and a splash of soda water adds just the right amount of sparkle. My gin mojitos are free of refined sugars and made with all natural ingredients — so the next time you’re craving a cooling summer cocktail, indulge yourself with a fresh twist on the classic mojito!
Course Drinks
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Rest Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1
Author Justine

Ingredients

BLUEBERRY LEMON AND CUCUMBER GIN MOJITOS

  • 1.5 oz Blueberry Honey Syrup recipe to follow
  • 2 oz of gin
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 5 leaves fresh mint
  • 5 slices of cucumber
  • Soda water

OPTIONAL GARNISH

  • Sliced cucumbers
  • Sliced lemon
  • Blueberries
  • Sprig of mint
  • Edible flowers I used pansies

BLUEBERRY HONEY SYRUP

  • 4 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • Juice from half a lemon

Instructions

  1. If you’re making floral ice cubes, begin by sourcing your flowers, washing them and dropping them into the ice cube trays to freeze. You really can’t mess this up — so experiment with different flower place- ments within each cube and have fun with it!
  2. Start on your Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup. Add blueberries and water to a medium sauce pan over low heat. The blueberries will begin to break down quickly — help them along by pressing them with a potato masher to aid in extracting the juices. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain the blueberry juice into a heatproof bowl, using the potato masher press the juice through the strainer. Reserve the juice for the Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup and discard the skins.
  4. Add the blueberry juice and honey back to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to thicken for 10 minutes.
  5. Turn off the burner. Add the juice from half a lemon to your saucepan, stirring until incorporated. Allow your Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup to cool before using it in the Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos.
  6. Begin assembling your cocktail by adding lemon juice, mint and cucumber to a cocktail shaker and muddling them together with a pestle. Add Blueberry Honey Simple Syrup and a few ice cubes. Shake vigorously until the cocktail shaker becomes cold.
  7. Add the contents of the cocktail shaker to your glass along with your gin. Pour soda water overtop to fill your glass to the desired level.
  8. Garnish your Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojito with a slice of lemon and a few blueberries on a cocktail skewer.
  9. Add a sprig of mint, or a few more edible flowers and enjoy!

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I hope you enjoyed my guest post over on Killing Thyme today! If you try my Blueberry Lemon and Cucumber Gin Mojitos please let me know how you liked them — I love it when you guys make my recipes and tag me.

Follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook, or use the hashtag #justinecelinarecipes in your recreations so I can find them. I also have a Pinterest board for my recipes and a newer board exclusively for my cocktails if you’re looking for more better-for-you cocktail options with clean ingredients. Cheers, friends!


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Disclaimer: Thank you to Killing Thyme for this guest posting opportunity and to my little sister Haley for helping me out with this shoot. This post is not sponsored and contains my genuine thoughts and recommendations. Thank you for supporting the businesse, blogs and the amazing people that support JustineCelina!

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17 Comments

  • Reply Dana August 10, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Everything about this makes me so happy! I am extremely grateful for your time and brilliance, Justine. Being able to have such stunning content on my blog is an honor. I’m so glad FBC allowed us to cross paths. You’re mega inspo; your content is always gorgeous and something about your blog just makes me feel good. It’s got A+ vibes, my friend! Can’t wait for more! Until then, keep being the unicorn that you are! (Sean and I seriously decided that you are the blog world’s unicorn in a conversation one day. The things you do, and in such a cool and collective manner, is magical. Haha.)

    • Reply Justine August 11, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      Well you’ve officially been awarded for best blog comment ever, Dana! This blog is my happy place and I’m glad it can bring others joy and inspiration as well — that’s what it’s all about for me. Honestly I could have gushed for forever about what a pleasure it’s been to get to know you. Again, thank you so much for the guest posting opportunity and I look forward to more collaborative work with Killing Thyme. Also, I will totally take the title of ‘blog world’s unicorn’! 😛 Cheers, girl!

  • Reply Lyndsay Sung August 19, 2016 at 1:42 pm

    Justine! These are crazy gorgeous … love the floral ice cubes and the softly matching-ness! Mmm looks so refreshing. Blog pals are the best because they understand!!! 🙂 (also, you should hit up Tanqueray with this post because they SHOULD be sponsoring you! Such a pretty post!)

    • Reply Justine August 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Lyndsay, thank you so much. These kind of compliments coming from YOU are always so nice to read. Maybe I’ll touch base with Tanqueray’s PR, haha! Thanks for the love. 😉 Going to pop over to Coco Cake Land tomorrow morning with a fresh coffee and see what you’ve been up to lately. Cheers!

  • Reply Samantha August 19, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    These photos are stunning! I love how composed this drink is without being stuffy. The colour, the flower ice cubes, the glasses even. All perfectly on point.

    • Reply Justine August 19, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you, Samantha! That’s a wonderful compliment. I love things to be styled but still fun and playful — I’m happy I struck that balance. 🙂 I’m totally in love with this crystal glassware from HomeSense, I even picked it up in clear for a margarita recipe I’m working on! Thanks for stopping by for a cocktail. 😉

  • Reply Shareba August 19, 2016 at 4:18 pm

    I love the photos in this post Justine! They are so pretty!

    • Reply Justine August 19, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Thanks, Shaerba — they were a lot of fun to make (and drink, of course!). Cheers! Have a great weekend.

  • Reply Sean August 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Well hey there unicorn. 🙂

    You’ve knocked another one out of the park. Superb flavours, and a wonderful mixture of sweet, green, and bright. It’s kind of funny because you’ve got all these flavour pairings that are already so good on their own (blueberry lemon, blueberry gin, cucumber gin, cucumber mint) and then they’re all together and it all sounds SO good. It’s haaaaawt here today, and I could REALLY go for one of these right now!

    • Reply Justine August 19, 2016 at 7:17 pm

      Haha, thanks Sean! Your comments never fail to bring some light to my day. 🙂 If you do try the recipe I’d love your feedback. Also, I’m going to pop over to check out your ahi tuna and watermelon skewers shortly! Cheers, my friend!

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  • Reply Jenna November 4, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Amazing! I now love gin as well! Where are these glasses from and do you know where i can buy them!?

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      Hi Jenna! The glasses were purchased at HomeSense around the time this recipe published (2016). That said, you can always pop into a store and look for something similar. Cheers!

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