A Brewed Cocktail: Ginger Blue Gin and Tonic
After I created my first beer cocktail, Larry’s pick-me-up, I’ve been an utter failure concocting something new. Nothing was working for my taste, and so I had just given up. But when I read a Facebook post about Blue Point Brewing’s cocktail collaborations with Montauk Rumrunners, I was intrigued by the Blue Point Brewing Blueberry Brewed Tonic with Montauk Rumrunners Citrus Flavored Gin. Knowing that Fervere and Mrs. Ferment were big fans of all forms of Gin and tonics, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to ease back into beer cocktails.
Now, before we get into fisticuffs, Blueberry Brewed Tonic is not technically a beer, though it’s brewed like one. According to Blue Point, it is carbon-filtered water brewed with Belgian Rock Candi and flavored with natural blueberry flavor. Because Blue Point doesn’t use malt to create the Blueberry Brewed Tonic, it’s naturally gluten free.
I decided to tweak the recipe, which was just straight Blueberry Brewed Tonic and the citrus gin. Inspired by Moustache Brewing Co. Blueberry + Ginger Tripel—I’m a fan girl for that beer, and I love the flavor profile—I decided to bring another favorite of mine, Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup, into the mix. It is a staple on my counter and adds an amazing zing to anything, from cocktails to hot or cold tea.
So on New Year’s Eve, I brought my ingredients over for Fervere to work his mixological magic:
Ginger blue gin and tonic
- 1.5 oz. Bombay Dry Gin
- 1 Tbs. Morris Kitchen Ginger Syrup
- 6 oz. Blue Point Brewing Blueberry Brewed Tonic
- lime wedge
- cubed ice to fill a Collins glass
DirectionsAdd gin and syrup in a Collins glass and stir to combine. Fill with ice, top with the tonic, squeeze and add lime wedge to the glass.
We all agreed that this was a keeper. The ginger added a wonderful flavor without being super sweet, and the blueberry flavor was light and did not taste artificial. I am not normally a Gin and tonic drinker, but I had two glasses. This easy drinking cocktail could get us in trouble because the drink gets its alcohol from the gin and an extra 5% ABV from the tonic, I had to keep a careful watch on those refills.