I was out hiking in the Yukon alpine and found delicious wild blueberries.
My friend was hosting a cocktail party, so I decided to create simple syrup out of the wild blueberries for the occasion.
Simple syrup is used in a variety of cocktails and drinks. Flavoured simple syrup gives a new twist to old favourites like a classic vodka martini.
Step 1: Ingredients
The portions are 1:1:1 blueberries:sugar:water.
That makes it easy to adapt your recipe to however many blueberries you managed to pick.
In this recipe I used:
- 1 cup wild blueberries
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 1 cup water
Step 2: Directions
Wash your berries. I didn't worry too much about getting out the small 'extras' that came along with the wild berries (dried leaves etc.). I figure it adds to the wild flavour and I strained it all out anyways.
Combine the wild blueberries, sugar and water in a saucepan set over medium heat, bring to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
You don't have to squish or chop the berries as they will burst from the simmering.
Pour the mixture through a strainer. Don’t press the mixture through as it will make your syrup cloudy. Allow a few minutes of straining so that you extract as much juice as possible.
Step 3: Store Until Use.
You can store the wild blueberry simple syrup in the fridge if you transfer it to an air tight container.