Wine and beer are good standbys, but someties I want a drink that’s different, fancy, a drink that says “this is a special moment” and not the usual happy hour. And this past week was the perfect opportunity to make something fancy. My friend Mari invited us to Longport for a couple of days and I’m not one to accept an invitation and show up empty handed. So I made a batch of this Blueberry Tarragon Simple Syrup and took it to the beach.
I have pots and pots on my front porch filled with fresh herbs that I use all summer long. Paired with fresh fruit they make a very interesting simple syrup, not too sweet and with a hit of freshness thanks to the herbs.
Once you have this basic recipe it’s easy to mess around with and pair different combinations of fruit and herbs.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cup fresh fruit (blueberries)
3 to 4 sprigs fresh herbs (tarragon)
Add ingredients to a pot over medium high heat. Stir, mashing the berries with a wooden spoon and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain into a bowl to cool. WIll keep in a mason jar in the fridge up to a week.
A typical drink recipe for me is :
2 oz booze (vodka, tequila)
1 oz fresh juice (lemon, lime)
1/2 oz. simple syrup
*optional splash of seltzer
I, of course, had to try this simple syrup out in a drink before taking it to visit my girlfriend. I made a martini by adding vodka, Blueberry Tarragon Simple Syrup, fresh lemon juice and Ice to a shaker. My usual is a dirty martini with extra olives. I am not a sweet drink person. This was perfect. Not overly sweet, but bright and fresh and the color is a fun fushia.
For poolside during my visit my friend Mari made a drink with vodka, Blueberry Tarragon Simple Syrup, fresh lemon juice and a splash of seltzer over ice. So refreshing! We decided during that lounge by the pool to call this drink the Blueberry Beach.
And one more, please! We combined tequila, Blueberry Tarragon SImple Syrup, fresh lime juice and ice in a blender for these beauties – Blueberry Beach Margaritas!
Have fun messing with this recipe. My next try…strawberries and thyme, or maybe pineapple and basil…Cheers!