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Scandinavians enjoy blåbærsuppe–blueberry or bilberry soup—chilled in the summer, or as a hot drink in colder weather, and this cocktail is a spiked riff on it.
Refreshing and herbal, this is a fruit-based cocktail that will please even those who don’t like fruity or sweet cocktails. Not too sweet, thanks to the omission of any type of syrup or cordial, this recipe is straightforward: good gin, plump berries, and a touch of spice, served as cold as ice.
A note about the blueberries: I start with frozen blueberries because their sweetness is consistent and slightly more pronounced than fresh berries. This is important here, because I avoid adding processed sugar to cocktails whenever possible. Choose an herbal gin like Plymouth, ideally one in which you can notice juniper as a prominent botanical.
Before we get to the recipe, here are some other cocktail recipes in the archives: