The simplicity of this delicious Summertime cocktail is just one of the things that makes it so attractive. Firstly, all of the ingredients — blueberries, lemon juice, brown sugar, ginger ale, and rum — are all easily procured, if you don’t already have them at home. Best of all – there are no pre-made ingredients (except for the crushed ice), and virtually no tools required, making this a (very nearly) effortless Summertime cocktail.
HOW TO MIX THIS COCKTAIL
The Blueberry Rum Smash
makes 1 cocktail
Fresh (or frozen) blueberries
1 tablespoon brown sugar
3/4 ounce fresh-squeezed lemon juice
2 ounces rum
Cover the bottom of an old-fashioned glass or mason jar with blueberries. (If you’re using a smaller glass, make a double layer.) Add the brown sugar and lemon juice and muddle (or smoosh with the back of a spoon) until the sugar is melted. The idea is to break the skins of the blueberries, but not to mash them into a pulp. Fill the glass with crushed ice and then add the rum. Top with ginger ale and stir.
• If you can’t find fresh blueberries? Frozen ones will work just as well. Here’s an easy way to thaw them quickly: put desired amount in a bowl and microwave for approximately 30 seconds, and strain out the water. And there you have them – un-frozen blueberries.