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.
Have an amazing weekend, everyone!
More Cocktail Recipe You May Enjoy
- Apple Cider Sangria
- Bourbon and Sage Cocktail
- Pear Martini
- Cranberry Old Fashioned
- Lemon Drop Martini
- Strawberry Margarita (Mix)
I hope you’ll try this Blackberry Gin Lemonade Cocktail. It’s SO good! If you do, please leave a comment and a 5-star rating below.
Blackberry Gin Lemonade
- 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.