Recipes: Drinks

Blueberry and Mint Spritzer


Chef Scott Samuel, Chef-Instructor Culinary Institute of America-Greystone


      • Blueberries, fresh or frozen: 3 cups
      • Simple syrup: 1 cup
      • Lime juice: ½ cup
      • Lemon zest: 2 tsp
      • Mint leaves, torn: 1 cup
      • Club soda: 4 cups
      • Vodka (optional): 8 fl. oz
      • Blueberries, fresh: 1 cup


  • Make the blueberry base: Combine the first four ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a boil
  • Remove from the heat and add the mint leaves
  • Stir with wooden spoon to release the mint aromas
  • Chill completely and strain out solids into a container by pushing on the blueberries to extract as much juice as possible
  • For each drink: Combine 3 oz of the chilled blueberry base in a shaker with ½ cup ice cubes, 1 fl oz.
  • Vodka if using, and shake to muddle and strain into a chilled glass
  • Add 4 oz. club soda
  • Garnish with a few blueberries and a mint leaf


  • Number of servings (yield): 8 (8 oz.) drinks
  • 101 calories, 19 g carbohydrate, 3 g total fat, 2 g saturated fat