When Life Gives You Blueberries . . .

. . . make blueberry lemonade.

And if it’s been a long (11 hours), hot (90+ degrees), perfect-storm, retail workday (pre-holiday weekend + visiting winemaker + last Saturday of our semi-annual sale + quarter-end inventory), you make an adult version.

Tonic Avenger
Gin, blueberries, basil, lemonade

Christened by my good pal, Michael (who swears he will start blogging again soon), the Tonic Avenger is a refreshing twist on the standard G&T. It really was a verylong day, so I short-cutted with bottled, organic lemonade and SodaStream soda. If you’re feeling especially ambitious, make your own lemonade—or just muddle the berries with some sugar and add fresh-squeezed lemon juice.

The Tonic Avenger

  • 8-10 fresh blueberries
  • several torn basil leaves
  • 1-1/2  oz gin
  • 3 oz  lemonade
  • 1 oz seltzer or club soda

Muddle blueberries and basil in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, gin, and lemonade. Shake well. Pour into a tallish glass. Top off with seltzer/club soda.

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