We’re right smack dab in the middle of summer here people, and it’s time to raise a glass! This Blueberry Lemon Ginger Fizz is oh-so-refreshing, can be remixed with different berries, a little extra mint, and screams for you to spend an entire day on the closest porch. Cheers!

Ingredients (makes 4 cocktails):

– 4 jiggers of vodka (8 ounces)

– 2 bottles of ginger beer

– 2 teaspoons of sugar

– 2 teaspoons of fresh ginger

– 2 cups of blueberries

– a few sprigs of mint

– 1 lemon

Your ingredients should look something like this. You can make a similar recipe using strawberries, blackberries, or raspberries. Ginger beer and lemon are a great base for any summertime drink.

The night before you plan on serving these yummy drinks, whip up a batch of ice cubes with lemon, blueberry, and mint. We recommend using a rasp to get some of that yummy lemon rind into the mix. Squeeze a wedge of lemon juice over the whole ice cube try before adding water.

Now, onto the drink! Take your blueberries and add 2 teaspoons of sugar, 2 teaspoons of ginger, and a wedge or two of lemon juice. Mix well.

We’re going to make the vodka base of this drink in two batches, simply because of the size of our shaker. Add 1/3 cup of your blueberry mix to a shaker. Add chopped mint. Muddle thoroughly. Add 2 jiggers of vodka and muddle some more. Add ice and shake!

To pour into our bottle, we used this lemon juice funnel because we couldn’t find our regular funnel! Add lemon slices, blueberries, and mint to the bottle. Repeat with another shaker. At this point, you’ve got a nice fruity vodka mix. You can store this in the fridge if you’re not quite ready to serve drinks, or you can go ahead and add the ginger beer.

Use a funnel to pour the ginger beer in.

And hey, remember those ice cubes?

Pour your cocktail over ice cubes in wine glasses or mason jars, and sip the day away.

Our “workspace” looked a little something like this after all was said and done. Cheers!

What are your favorite summertime beverages? Share recipes with us in the comments below.