Turn every cocktail into a fruity, fun blueberry cocktail with this easy to make Blueberry Vodka!
Sure you could buy blueberry vodka, but why? It's so easy to make and tastes so much better than storebought.
It makes pretty and delicious floral cocktails and would make a great holiday gift for a cocktail or food loving friend!
You all know how much I love infusing liquors! I like to say that it's my hobby. I love a hobby that leaves you with bottles of delicious infused liqueurs!
My blueberry bushes were prolific this year. We've had blueberries every way imaginable. Then I remembered this blueberry vodka that I first made way back in 2011.
Back before I was even posting cocktails on the blog. Time for a revisist, don't you think!
Vodka - use your favorite brand of vodka. A lot of people recommend going cheap with your vodka when it comes to making infusions, but I like to use a vodka that I would enjoy drinking.
Lemon juice - just a little to preserve color and brighten the flavor a bit.
Sugar - again just a little to add some balance. This is not a liqueur, which would have more sugar added, but a blueberry infused vodka.
Blueberries - you only need a cup to make this infused vodka! I used fresh, but you could also use frozen.
Wash your blueberries and look through them to make sure they are all fresh and plump. You don't want any bruised blueberries.
In a bowl, mix them with the sugar and the lemon juice. Use a wooden spoon to gently break the skin of the berries. You don't want to crush them, just break the skin a bit.
Place berries in a clean jar. I like to use a half gallon mason jar, but any jar large enough to hold the blueberries and the vodka will work.
Add 4 cups of vodka to the jar.
Place a lid on the jar, and give it a little shake.
Store away from direct sunlight for 2 to 4 weeks, shaking it daily (or when you remember.)
You can start tasting it at 2 weeks and it is ready as soon as it as the blueberry flavor you like. I let mine go the full 4 weeks.
When the blueberry vodka tastes just how you want it, it's time to strain out the blueberries.
Using a fine mesh strainer, strain out the blueberries. You can use these boozy berries in cocktails, but they have given up a lot of their flavor to the vodka.
Pour into a lidded bottle and store in your pantry or liquor cabinet.
This would keep technically indefinitely, but I like to try to use it up within a year. It won't go bad, but it will lose some of it's fresh fruity flavor.
See how easy that was?! Seriously, about 10 minutes of your actual work time and then time does all the rest of the work.
This is such a pretty infused vodka. It would make great holiday gifts for your foodie and cocktail friends. Just put it in pretty bottles with a pretty label - maybe a few martini glasses and you are good to go.
You can use this vodka in most recipes that call for vodka. Blueberry vodka martini, anyone?
Use this vodka in:
Instead of raspberry cosmopolitan, how about a blueberry cosmo?
A French 76 uses vodka instead of gin, I think a blueberry French 76 would be fun!
Change this Blackberry Martini to a blueberry martini using this vodka and fresh blueberries!
A Spicy Moscow Mule turns into a blueberry Moscow mule with this vodka!
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- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 4 cups vodka
- Place the blueberries, sugar and lemon juice in a bowl and stir to combine. Using the back of a wooden spoon, gently press on the berries to break the skins.
- Place the blueberry mixture in a large glass jar. Pour in the vodka. Shake.
- Place a lid on the vodka and store away from direct sunlight for 2-4 weeks or until desired strength is achieved.
- Strain the blueberries out and store the vodka in a lidded bottle in your pantry or liquor cabinet.
This was originally published in 2011 and has been updated for 2020.