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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
With the cocktail complete, let’s check out some of my favorite links this week!
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.
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.)
Have an amazing weekend, everyone!