Ombre Blueberry Gin Cocktail

Ombre Blueberry Gin Cocktail displays beautiful blue to white ombre colors. It is made with simple blueberry syrup, ginger ale, and, of course, gin. It is delicious and brings the wow factor every time.

Blueberry and gin cocktail.  Glass garnished with sugar and lemon curl.

If you love berries in gin, this ombre blueberry gin cocktail drink is for you! Made with blueberry simple syrup ginger ale and a subtle touch of gin, the blueberry gin cocktail is light and refreshing! I like my drinks on the weaker side. While I know that is not for everyone, add another shot of gin for a stronger drink!

Now, on to the ombre look, known as a layered cocktail. This fancy-looking cocktail is easy to make once you know a few tricks. Then, achieving the ombre look is super easy! 

Before You Get Started

First, you need blueberry simple syrup. I have included a recipe to make it at home. Alternativly, you can use premade syrup bought at a liqur store or on Amazon.

I recommend making this drink in two stages if you use homemade blueberry syrup. First, make syrup at least 2 – 24 hours in advance. Then, mix the cocktail. For an ombre look, you will need all the ingredients to be cold.

Ginger ale being poured into the glass on a spoon.

How to Make Blueberry Simple Syrup

Whether making berries in gin or a blueberry cocktail, you must use a simple blueberry syrup made with fresh berries. A liquid sugar mixture will give your drink a sweet flavor and the fresh taste of blueberries.

To make the simple syrup, you will need one cup of fresh blueberries, half a cup of water, and half a cup of sugar. Mix it in a saucepan on medium heat and bring it to a soft boil. Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 7 -10 minutes.

Simmering helps the fruit break down so you can squeeze the flavor out and leave the shell behind. Once the berries have broken down, use a fork or a potato masher to break them further down.

Pour through a mesh strainer; your blueberry simple syrup will be the bottom half. Let the simple syrup cool down before adding it to your blueberry cocktail. (Save the blueberry shells for a pancake topping!)

Pouring blueberry simple syrup into gin cocktail glass.

Ingredients

Blueberry Simple Syrup – 15 minutes
* 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
* 1/2 cup of sugar
* 1/2 cup of water

Ombre Blueberry Gin Cocktail – less than 5 minutes
* 1-ounce simple blueberry syrup
* 2 ounces ginger ale (for a sweeter drink, use Sprite)
* 1-ounce gin*

*I recommend Fort Hamilton Gin; they have a 92 rating in Wine Enthusiast!

Two glasses of the finished recipe next to each other.

How to Achieve a Perfect Ombre Cocktail

The ombre cocktail, also known as a layered cocktail or floating drink, is so easy! There are just a few trade tricks, and I will teach you those now.

  • First, know the weight, or gravity, of each item. The heaviest liquid must be on the bottom. For this drink, the simple blueberry syrup was the heaviest and placed at the bottom of the glass. Next was ginger ale, followed by gin.
  • All liquids need to be cold. Think of it this way: cold liquids want to keep to themselves. The simple blueberry syrup, ginger ale, and gin were placed in the refrigerator the night before for this drink. That might be a little overkill on my part. As long as they are cold, you can create a layered cocktail.
  • Place the spoon as low as possible into the drink. The spoon helps slow the force of liquid entering the glass while sumptuously spreading the liquid.
  • Hold the can/bottle as close to the spoon as possible. This also lowers the force of the liquid introduced, which helps to create the layers.

There you have it! There are four easy steps to creating a layered cocktail and achieving a perfect ombre.

Top down view of ginger ale being poured onto a spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Need to Use Blueberry Simple Syrup?

No, you can purchase simple blueberry syrup or replace it with Grenadine. You will still get the gorgeous color on the bottom layer. However, it won’t be a Blueberry gin cocktail. 

Do I Have To Use Blueberries?

No, gin and ginger ale are a great combination. Omit the blueberries, and you still have a perfect cocktail.

Can this Recipe be Converted into a Mocktail? 

Yes, this recipe can easily be converted into a Mocktail. Pour blueberry syrup on the bottom (3 oz.) and the ginger ale. Other mixers that taste great are lemonade, Sprite, or club soda.

Did you make this? Leave a comment below and let me know how it turned out. Or take a picture and tag me on Facebook.

Garnished cocktail.

Ombre Blueberry Gin Cocktail

Create this beautiful layered cocktail using blueberries and gin. The ombre look is a party pleaser and the cocktail is fresh and light!
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Cocktail, Happy Hour
Cuisine: American
Servings: 1 drink
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 Small saucepan
  • 1 Mesh Strainer
  • 1 Potato Masher
  • 1 Spoon

Ingredients

Blueberry Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water

Ombre Blueberry Gin Cocktail

  • 1 ounces blueberry simple syrup
  • 2 ounces ginger ale (for a sweeter drink use Sprite)
  • 1 ounce gin

Instructions

Blueberry Simple Syrup

  • Place the blueberries, water, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring the mixture to a soft boil. Reduce the heat and allow the mixture to simmer for 7 -10 minutes. Use a fork or potato masher to break the blueberries and squeeze out the juice. Pour through a mesh strainer, and the bottom half will be your blueberry simple syrup. Cool the simple syrup in the refrigerator before adding it to your blueberry cocktail.
    1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup water

Ombre Blueberry Gin Cocktail

  • Pour the blueberry syrup in at the bottom of a cocktail or gin glass. Fill the glass with ice. To achieve the layered look, hold a spoon to the ice and slowly pour the ginger ale on top of the spoon. Repeat with the gin. Garnish with fresh berries, mint sprig, and lemon peel twist. Serve with a cocktail straw or berries on a toothpick for the receiver to combine the ingredients together.
    1 ounces blueberry simple syrup, 2 ounces ginger ale, 1 ounce gin

Notes

How to Achieve a Perfect Ombre Cocktail

The ombre cocktail, also known as a layered cocktail or floating a drink, is so easy! There are just a few trade tricks, and I will teach you those now.
  • First, know the weight, or gravity, of each item. The heaviest liquid must be on the bottom. For this drink, the simple blueberry syrup was the heaviest and therefore placed at the bottom of the glass. Next was ginger ale, followed by gin.
  • All liquids need to be cold. Think of it this way; cold liquids want to keep to themselves. For this drink, the simple blueberry syrup, ginger ale, and gin were all placed in the refrigerator the night before. That might be a little overkill on my part. As long as they are cold, you can create a layered cocktail.
  • Place the spoon as low as possible into the drink. The spoon helps slow the force of liquid entering the drink while sumptuously spreading the liquid.
  • Hold the can/bottle as close to the spoon. This also lowers the force of the liquid is introduced, which helps to create the layers.
There you have it! Four easy steps to creating a layered cocktail and achieving a perfect ombre.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Ombre Blueberry Gin Cocktail
Amount per Serving
Calories
 
116
Calories from Fat 1
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
10
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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