Three glasses of Blueberry Beer Cocktail garnished with blueberries and lime

Blueberry Beer Cocktail

Way back when, people added fruit and berries to beer because the beer tasted pretty rough. Today the beer is delicious, but introducing new flavours is still a fun way to mix things up! For this easy recipe we made a blueberry and lime simple syrup and blended it with fresh lime juice and a pale ale. The result is a rejuvenating cocktail that will make you crave sunny days with friends and family.

YIELDS

4 cocktails

PREP TIME

5 minutes

COOK TIME

5 minutes

INGREDIENTS

For the blueberry-lime syrup:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) water
  • ⅔ cup (145 g) Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, packed
  • 1 cup (152 g) fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 3 strips lime zest

For the cocktail:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 cans (946 ml) pale ale

Garnishes (optional):

  • Fresh blueberries
  • Lime slices or wedges

INSTRUCTIONS

For the blueberry-lime syrup:

In a medium-sized heavy-bottomed pot, combine water, the Redpath® Dark Brown Sugar, blueberries, and lime zest. Place pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer until blueberries begin to burst; about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cool, strain through a sieve.

Don’t press on solids as this may make your syrup cloudy. Place syrup into an airtight container and store in the refrigerator until ready to use. Syrup can be kept in the fridge for up to a week.

For the cocktails:

Pour the pale ale into a large pitcher. Add in the fresh lime juice and ¾ cup (180 ml) of the blueberry-lime  syrup. Stir to combine. Pour the cocktail into 4 glasses filled with ice. Garnish with fresh blueberries and lime. Serve immediately.

Steps on making blueberry beer cocktail

CHEF'S TIP

*For a spicy kick, use ginger beer in place of the pale ale.

*Experiment by using orange, lemon, or grapefruit zest in place of the lime to make a shandy or radler.

*Don’t discard the macerated blueberries after straining. Spoon on top of plain yogurt or vanilla ice cream, or add to smoothies.  

*The  syrup can be made a few days in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container

*Any remaining  syrup can be added to sparkling water, lemonade, or tea.

Three glasses of Blueberry Beer Cocktail garnished with blueberries and lime