This recipe appears in:Drinking in Season: Blackberry Gin and Tonic
Blackberries and lime form the backbone of this simple gin-based summer sipper.
Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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- 8 ripe blackberries, plus 2 more for garnish
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup (see note above)
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 2 to 3 ounces tonic water
Muddle the blackberries and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and add simple syrup and gin. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds.
Fill a Collins glass with ice. Double-strain into serving glass using a cocktail strainer and mini fine-mesh strainer to prevent the blackberry seeds from going into the glass. Add tonic water and stir gently. Garnish with a few blackberries on a skewer.