Oh look, it’s the weekend again. I have to say, when I get up to start my Monday, I kind of think how fast or slow will this week go? Next thing you know, it’s Thursday and I’m trying to figure out the weekend plans, praying that Monday doesn’t come too quickly.
With all of that, just like I wrote about a few weeks ago, a cocktail has to be in the mix. This week I got to go to the farmers market, where I saw some awesome looking blackberries. Over the years I have learned to enjoy various berries. The one issue I always run into is finding ripe, sweet berries. Finding strawberries, not a problem, while blueberries, raspberries, leave a lot to be desired. However, these blackberries were good to go.
Along with the love for berries, I have also found a love for gin, not to mention my girlfriends help too. The variations that are available really mix well with a lot of different cocktails. Just like my Gin Blackberry Smash. A blackberry smash might not be something a lot of people are familiar with. I wasn’t really familiar with a smash cocktail until I was at one of the bars in my neighborhood and I had a Gin Basil Smash. I think this is what really opened my mind up more to gin. Before I associated gin with the taste and smell of a pine tree. With years and more experience in drinking, I’m a gin fan now!
Now for this fabulous drink, the components aren’t exotic. They are however seasonal. For me though, these are things that I always like to have around. I think everyone should have mint and limes around, especially in the summer. Making a simple syrup is well, simple. You just need sugar and water, bring it to boil, let it cool. You are good to go. I should mention the gin too, but I think if you got this far, you know gin is a prerequisite.
I hope you take the time this weekend, or anytime really to make this blackberry smash cocktail. You won’t be disappointed!
Gin Blackberry Smash
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Total Time: 10 Minutes Yield: 1 Drink
- 8 Blackberries
- 7 Mint Leaves
- 1 oz lime juice (about the juice from one 1 lime)
- 1 oz simple syrup
- 2 oz Gin
- Garnish of Mint sprig, and 2 to 3 Blackberries (optional)
In a rocks glass add ice and set aside. In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients except the gin, and your garnishes. Muddle the shaker ingredients until you can smell the mint and the blackberries are completely liquified. Add the gin, followed by ice, put the cap on. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds, or until shaker is extremely cold.
Strain cocktail into your prepared rocks glass and garnish with mint and blackberries if using. Serve immediately.