Blackberries and lime form the backbone of this simple gin-based summer sipper.
When the markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables and full of vibrant colors this time of year, I'm always drawn to the deep, dark hue of blackberries. They feel like the mysterious, moody fruit in a gang of do-gooders. After bringing home a basket of those little rebels, I decided it was time to escape from the heat and whip up a cocktail.
The sharp, tart flavor of a classic gin and tonic is a perfect pairing for ripe blackberries. I muddled some of the berries, adding a little simple syrup to round off the drink with a little sweetness. The resulting cocktail is a lush, deep red color that keeps a sense of mystery—it looks intense, but instead is rather refreshing. It's the kind of drink that would stand out in a crowd.
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.
- 8 ripe blackberries, plus 2 more for garnish
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce simple syrup (see note)
- 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.
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