Blackberry Gin Lemonade | Inspired by Charm #drinksandlinks

TGIF, people. TGIF.

I hope you’ve had a spectacular week. It’s been a busy one here on IBC so I’m happy Friday is here. And since it is Friday, let’s talk about today’s cocktail for a minute.

Blackberry Gin Lemonade | Inspired by Charm #drinksandlinks

First, if you can believe it, until about two weeks ago I’d never had gin. Never. It turns out I like it. Also, I didn’t know what kind of gin to buy for this drink, but had heard fabulous things about Aviation so that’s what I went with.

Blackberry Gin Lemonade | Inspired by Charm #drinksandlinks

Second, today’s cocktail is straight from the September issue of BHG. When I first leafed through that issue I remember thinking, “Hmmm, that Blackberry Gin Lemonade looks awesome. I think this should be how I try gin.” Flash forward to mid-September at the event in NYC. It was the featured cocktail. Bananas!

Blackberry Gin Lemonade | Inspired by Charm #drinksandlinks

Anyway, I’m not sure if it’s the cocktail or the gin, but it was pretty darn tasty. So, I decided to give it a try at home, and it turned out just wonderful.

Now, if you’re not a drinker, no problem. This cocktail recipe starts off with a homemade Blackberry Lemonade which is killer. Just add the sparkling water and leave out the gin and you’re good to go. If you don’t like gin, substitute vodka.

Blackberry Gin Lemonade | Inspired by Charm #drinksandlinks

I decided to garnish my cocktail with rosemary because I think it looks cute and goes so well with this flavor combination. And, naturally, I threw in a few birch bark-inspired paper straws to bring it on home!

Perfect. Let’s stir one up.

Blackberry Gin Lemonade | Inspired by Charm #drinksandlinks

Blackberry Gin Lemonade

Here's what you will need:
For the lemonade ...
2 cups blackberries (I used frozen.)
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 cup water
3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 4 - 5 lemons)

For the cocktail ...
1/2 cup sparkling water, chilled
1/2 cup gin
Ice
Fresh blackberries and rosemary sprigs for garnish

Begin by preparing the blackberry lemonade. In a small sauce pan, combine the blackberries, water, and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer. Continue to heat, stirring occasionally, until the berries have softened. Remove the blackberry syrup from the heat and stir in the honey until it dissolves. Allow to cool slightly. Then, pour and press the mixture through a mesh sieve. Add another cup of water and the lemon juice to the strained mixture. Stir well to combine.

Next, prepare your cocktails. In a large pitcher, combine the blackberry lemonade, sparkling water, and gin. Serve in a a glass filled with ice. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a sprig of rosemary.

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With the cocktail complete, let’s check out some of my favorite links this week!

Blackberry Gin Lemonade | Inspired by Charm #drinksandlinks

Have you seen Emily Henderson’s house tour video? Obsessed would be an understatement. And, now she’s doing videos for Target! I can’t get enough.

Speaking of amazing people I love. Have you ever watched Joy The Baker’s Bonkers Awesome! video series? I adore it and am so glad she’s back with new episodes!

I started putting together guides and collections for my friends over at eBay. I’m constantly snooping out deals there, so I figured why not. If you’d like, you can follow along here. And check out my latest guide where I talk about the essentials of a perfect bar cart.

Baked Pumpkin Fritter Bites. Pumpkin Spice Brûlée Crullers. Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls. Yes! Yes! Yes!

Living for G.R.L.’s new single “Ugly Heart.” (Check out some of my other favorite tunes here.)

Lena Dunham’s new book just arrived on Tuesday. I’m not a big reader, but I’m so excited to dive into this.

Who wants to make me these Baked Salted Caramel Chocolate Doughnuts? Pretty please!

There’s been a lot of talk of talk of “blogger burnout” as a result of this article from the New York Times. I really appreciate (and mostly agree with) I Suwanne’s perspective. I have so many reasons to be grateful. (In other news, I really do miss Young House Love and hope they return soon.)

Also, I have a question for you. Lately on my evening walks I’ve been listening to podcasts instead of music. They’re a great way to get information and inspiration. Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites? (I really love Grace Bonney’s AFTER THE JUMP. Especially her latest interview with Genevieve Gorder.)

Blackberry Gin Lemonade | Inspired by Charm #drinksandlinks

Have an amazing weekend, everyone!

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Comments

  • 204 Park at

    Gin is one of my go-to’s so I absolutely NEED to try this. And with rosemary? I can’t wait! XO, Sarah

  • Kaitlin Jenkins at

    I’m so happy to see you feature Aviation! Made right here in lovely Portland- it’s great 🙂 We’re going to give this cocktail a try this weekend!!

  • Deena at

    Where did you find the birch straws?! Inspired for sure. 🙂

  • T at

    How many drinks does this recipe make?

  • Julie Peters at

    this looks fabulous!! I have a question on if you think this will freeze well. I’m just wondering about the blackberry lemonade part. I would love to have this pre made for summer parties or if someone dropped by. I could have this ready to go. Please let me know what you think. Thank you!!

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Julie,

      I never froze it before (the blackberry lemonade part), but I’m not sure why it wouldn’t freeze well. Sounds like a great idea to me! 🙂 Cheers!

      xo Michael

  • Heather at

    You asked about podcasts and while I hardly ever manage to listen, my go-to is Preston & Steve on 93.3 WMMR. I’m not sure if you can get that radio station out where you are in PA but over here by Philly they are rockin’ it out all morning long with hilarious topics, great guests, and of course some of the most bizarre stories! They keep me laughing nearly the whole time- and plenty of people have said that ‘laughter is the best medicine’! If you’re in need of a laugh or just a general distraction from ordinary life, give them a try. =)

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