National Blueberry Day

Lazy Hippo Pancakes Trio Plate (courtesy photo)

Brighten your day with one of summer’s most iconic fruits on National Blueberry Day coming up on July 8th! Filled with antioxidants and packed with sweetness, the blueberry elevates summer dishes and drinks to a delightfully fruity and crisp level. To truly experience a variety of uses for the small berry, head to one of San Diego’s hotspots for blueberry-inspired food items and cocktails!

Start your National Blueberry Day off right with Blueberry Chia Pancakes from Lazy Hippo. Infused with a combination of chia seeds and blueberry, these delicious pancakes are packed with all the nutrients and antioxidants you will need to power through your blueberry-focused day. Add a side of bacon or egg whites to complete your meal, and for a boost of something savory on the side.

Sweeten your day at The Duck Dive with their Blueberry Mojito. Combining Appleton’s Estate White Rum, fresh blueberry, lime and fresh mint, this mojito never fails to add summer freshness to every meal. Treat yourself to a second cocktail, and kick the summer flavors up a notch with their Peach Bramble, prepared with whiskey, house peach syrup, fresh blueberries and lemon, for a combination of two summer fruit flavors sure to please your palate.

Blueberries bask in a healthy lunch spotlight at Farmer’s Table in La Mesa. Featured in the Baby Kale Salad, blueberries make an appearance with oranges, pomegranate seeds, candied walnuts and a citrus vinaigrette. Boasting a subtler flavor profile, blueberries add a subdued sweetness to this citrusy salad. For a bolder blueberry tang, try theWhat in Blue Blazes? cocktail that mixes blueberry jalapeno-infused tequila, a squeeze of lime and gourmet blueberry syrup.

Enjoy a popular summertime drink made with one of the season’s most popular fruits at Union Kitchen and Tap Gaslamp. The Blueberry Mule combines Tito’s, blueberry compote, simple syrup, lime juice, and ginger beer, and takes blueberry to the next level with the addition of the overwhelmingly delicious blueberry compote. The lime and ginger flavors additionally balance the sweetness, making this a perfect summer cocktail.

For a sweet and sour summer dessert, head to Pacific Beach AleHouse to try their Lemon Blueberry Pie. Made with a sweet pie shell, lemon curd, fresh blueberries and whipped cream, this dessert is sure to satisfy your blueberry craving with an added flavor punch. Supplement your blueberry experience with the PB Sunset, crafted from Captain White Rum, agave, lime, blueberries, mint, and Sprite for a refreshing summer cocktail.

Seeking something more decadent? Woodstock’s Pizza offers a mouthwatering dessert pie smothered in brown sugar, cinnamon and icing, a creation they named the almighty Cinnabread. To celebrate the day, add blueberries for a fruity infusion and healthful topping. Adding fruit rich with antioxidants makes anything healthy, right? No matter what, this dessert is a can’t-miss.