Photo by Paul Lowe

Vodka Lemon Blueberry Hemp Honey Soda

  • 12 ounces fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons Red Belly Honey
  • 1 shot vodka
  • 10 ounces lemon-flavored sparkling water, chilled
  • 1 lemon wedge, for garnish

In a medium-sized saucepan, combine blueberries, sugar and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring often.

Cool, add lemon juice and puree until smooth. Push through a fine-mesh strainer, if desired. Refrigerate for up to two weeks.

To make a soda, place 1/4 cup blueberry-lemon syrup in a tall glass and stir in hemp honey followed by vodka. Slowly add soda and garnish with lemon wedge.

Add ice before the soda if desired. Makes 1 soda, plus extra syrup for about 6 more.

For an indulgent version, add 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut cream to the lemon blueberry hemp honey mixture. For a fun, warm-weather treat, add a scoop of blueberry passionfruit sorbetto and omit ice.
*Ciao Bella, available at grocery stores nationwide, makes this flavor.