For the past couple of months a whole bunch of us (Nupur, Suchi, Preeti and I) have been busy planning Bloggers' Buzz- a food blogger meet, and its been pretty overwhelming thinking that the big day is in 2 days time. We have managed to rope in 25 bloggers and food enthusiasts and a good number of generous sponsors for the event. We will just have to wait with fingers crossed that nothing goes wrong on the day and the event is deemed a success.
There is a competition up and running for the event and its being judged by Jeanne of Cooksister, who is a well established blogger and photographer. In between all the BB work and some deadlines on the work front I couldn't whip up anything spectacular or innovative for the event, but the thought of winning a Hotel Chocolat gift hamper made me post something anyway.
I am not a big blueberry fan except if its in a muffin. So I was pleasantly surprised when the combination of lavender and blueberry in this drink made it to my top 5 (yes i have a top 5 in my mind). Lavender is quite over powering in this drink, but its such a nice and fragrant herb that I love using it in cakes, cookies and drinks. Here are two ways you can use up lavender l
Makes 6 servings
Water- 1/4 cup
Sugar- 1/4 cup
Dried lavender- 1/2 tsp
Blueberries- 2 cups
Gin- 1/2 cup
Tonic- 200ml (2 small cans)
Ice cubes- as required
Boil, stirring occasionally, till the sugar is completely melted.
Close with a lid and let it steep for about 15 to 20 minutes.
Once the times up transfer the syrup into a glass and cool in the refrigerator till ready to use.
Meanwhile, wash the blueberries and tip into a saucepan with 2 tbsp of the sugar syrup and 2 tbsp of water.
Cook on medium heat till the blueberries break down and gets slightly cooked. It doesn't need to be that pulpy, just break them all down with a wooden spoon.
Cool and strain into a large bowl, diluting it with water if you find the juice is not falling through.
Add the gin and give a good stir.
Do a taste test and if you need more sugar add the remaining sugar syrup.
Notes: Add lemonade instead of tonic water for a change
Ignore the gin for an alcohol free version.
Muddle some mint leaves with the blueberries and I'm sure it would be great.