Blueberry Crush Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Blueberry Crush is a modern cocktail, a fruity twist on the classic vodka soda. It's perfect for those who enjoy a refreshing, fruity cocktail with a hint of sweetness. This cocktail is popular among those who enjoy berry flavors and a balanced, not overly sweet drink.

  • Origin: Unknown
  • Popularity: Gained popularity in the 21st century
  • Ideal for: Summer parties, casual get-togethers

How Blueberry Crush Tastes?

The Blueberry Crush is a refreshing, slightly sweet, and fruity cocktail. The taste of fresh blueberries is prominent, balanced by the tartness of the lemon and the slight burn of the vodka. The soda water adds a bubbly texture, making it a light and enjoyable drink.

Interesting facts about Blueberry Crush

  • The Blueberry Crush is a great source of antioxidants, thanks to the blueberries.
  • This cocktail can be easily modified to suit personal taste - add more blueberries for a sweeter drink, or more lemon for a tart kick.
  • The Blueberry Crush is often served in a highball glass, but can also be served in a mason jar for a rustic touch.


  • Blueberries: 1 cup
  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Lemon juice: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Soda water: to top up
  • Sugar: 1 tsp
  • Ice cubes: as needed

A few good options for Blueberry Crush are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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  • The blueberries add a sweet yet tart flavor and provide the unique blueish-purple hue to the cocktail. They also contribute to the 'crush' part of the name, as they're crushed to release juices mixing with sugar to create a syrupy base. If you skip them, you'll lose both the color and a significant flavor profile.

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  • Vodka is the alcohol base of the cocktail, providing a neutral spirit that allows the blueberry flavor to star. Using less would make a weaker drink; more would overpower the sweetness and potentially make the cocktail too strong. Alternatives include gin for a botanical twist, or white rum for a sweeter taste.

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Lemon Juice

  • Lemon juice adds freshness and a bright acidic kick, balancing the sweetness of the blueberries and sugar. Without it, the cocktail could be too sweet. An alternative could be lime juice, but it would change the flavor profile to be sharper and slightly more tropical.

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Soda Water

  • Soda water gives the cocktail its effervescence, lightening the drink and adding a refreshing fizz. Without it, the cocktail would be flat and more spirit-forward. An alternative like tonic water would add a quinine bitterness, changing the cocktail's character.

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  • Sugar muddled with the blueberries creates a natural syrup and adds sweetness, balancing the lemon's acidity. Too much sugar would make the drink cloyingly sweet, while too little wouldn't balance the tartness of the fruit and lemon. Honey or agave syrup could be a substitute, giving the cocktail a different sweet note.

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Ice Cubes

  • Ice is essential for chilling the cocktail and for shaking, which dilutes it slightly to reduce the intensity of the flavors. Without enough ice, you might end up with a tepid and overly strong cocktail.

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Recipe. How to make Blueberry Crush Drink

  1. Muddle the blueberries and sugar in a shaker.
  2. Add the vodka and lemon juice.
  3. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well.
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Top up with soda water.
  6. Garnish with a few fresh blueberries and a slice of lemon.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh blueberries for the best flavor.
  • For a stronger blueberry flavor, let the muddled blueberries sit in the vodka for a few minutes before shaking.
  • If you prefer a sweeter drink, add more sugar or use a flavored vodka.

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Cheese Platter: A selection of mild cheeses, such as brie or goat cheese, will complement the fruity notes of the cocktail without overpowering it.
  • Seafood: Light seafood dishes like shrimp cocktail or calamari can enhance the cocktail's crispness.
  • Garden Salads: A fresh garden salad with a light vinaigrette dressing pairs well with the acidity and freshness of the lemon juice in the drink.


  • Vanilla Ice Cream: A scoop of vanilla ice cream will add a creamy texture that beautifully contrasts the tartness of the blueberries and lemon.
  • Lemon Tart: Amplify the lemon notes in the cocktail with a tangy lemon tart.
  • Fruit Pies: Pies with berries or stone fruits can echo the fruitiness and complement the cocktail's vibrant flavors.

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What you could change in Blueberry Crush

  • Vodka: Can be substituted with gin for a different flavor profile.
  • Blueberries: Can be substituted with other berries like raspberries or blackberries.
  • Sugar: Can be substituted with honey or agave syrup for a natural sweetener option.

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Blueberry Basil Crush

  • Ingredients: 1 cup blueberries, 2 oz Vodka, 1 oz Lemon juice, to top up Soda water, 1 tsp Sugar, Fresh basil leaves, Ice cubes.
  • Recipe: Muddle the blueberries, sugar, and a few basil leaves together to infuse the herb's aroma. Follow the original recipe, then garnish with basil. The basil will add an aromatic herbal note, giving the cocktail a refreshing twist.

Blueberry Crush with a Ginger Kick

  • Ingredients: 1 cup blueberries, 2 oz Vodka, 1 oz Lemon juice, to top up Ginger beer, 1 tsp Sugar, Ice cubes, A slice of fresh ginger.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, but top up with ginger beer instead of soda water and add a slice of fresh ginger when muddling. This twist introduces a spicy zing, perfect for those who love a bit of warmth with their sweetness.

Raspberry-Lime Blueberry Crush

  • Ingredients: 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup raspberries, 2 oz Vodka, 1 oz Lime juice, to top up Soda water, 1 tsp Sugar, Ice cubes.
  • Recipe: Substitute half of the blueberries with raspberries and use lime juice instead of lemon juice. Follow the remaining steps the same. This twist brings in the tart raspberries and the zesty lime, making a more complex fruit-forward cocktail.

In case you forgot basics how to make Blueberry Crush

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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The key to proper muddling is to crush the ingredients just enough to release their flavors and not overdo it. Over-muddling can result in a bitter taste, especially with herbs.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Blueberry Crush

What is the best time to serve Blueberry Crush?

Blueberry Crush is a versatile cocktail which can be enjoyed anytime, but it is especially perfect for summer afternoons and evenings, during a BBQ party or a casual get-together.

Is there any specific type of vodka that works best in this cocktail?

The choice of vodka is subjective and depends on personal preferences. You can use any unflavored or flavored vodka. Blueberry or vanilla-flavored vodka can add an extra depth to the cocktail.

Can I make a pitcher of Blueberry Crush instead of single servings?

Yes, Blueberry Crush can be easily scaled up to make a pitcher. Just multiply the given measurements by the number of servings you need.

Does this cocktail pair well with any particular food?

Yes, the Blueberry Crush's fruity, refreshing taste pairs wonderfully with light foods like salads, fish, grilled chicken and flavored cheeses.

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