Every now and then we have days where we have tons of activities on our plate, and when we finally get a chance to sit down and take a break, it is nice to have a cocktail to sip on while we relax. While we love a nice complicated cocktail, on those busy days having a simple cocktail recipe can be a real winner! This recipe combines freshly muddled blackberries with gin, fresh lemon and ginger beer to make a nice afternoon libation or a perfect compliment to a spicy meal.
We have been getting some fantastic blackberries recently, a wonderful combination of sweet, tart and juicy. With such juicy berries, we wanted a way to get that juice out of the berries while still keeping that sweet and tart characteristic, we decided to muddle the berries to release the juice and give the drink little sweet bits of fresh blackberry. Pairing it up with a gin like Broker’s or Death’s Door makes the drink crisp and with just a hint of bitterness that balances out the sweetness of the berries. A splash of fresh squeezed lemon juice and a fresh lemon twist garnish brings a bright burst of lemon which pulls out the citrus notes of the gin and pairs up with the blackberries well. Topping the drink with ginger beer give the drink a sparkling spicy edge.
Served in a highball glass and poured over crushed ice, this drink is reminiscent of a blackberry lemonade that you get from a famous drive in fast food restaurant, but with a definite adult twist! The muddled blackberries give the drink a rich beautiful color that looks great in a tall glass! Garnish with a twist and some fresh blackberries and this simple cocktail can be as elegant as you want! Cheers!
- 2 oz Gin
- .75 oz fresh lemon
- 7 blackberries
- .75 oz simple syrup
- 4 oz Ginger Beer
- In a highball glass, muddle the blackberries and simple syrup, fully breaking the fruit.
- Add in crushed ice, gin and lemon.
- Top with ginger beer.
- Garnish with a blackberry and lemon twist.
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