The weather this week has been particularly nasty. I feel like I’m caught in some sort of Pac-Northwest winter time warp with all the 40-degree-and-rainy weather we’ve been having. I’ve also been determined to ignore it. It is spring after all!! At least, I’m pretty sure it is…
As the weather is [read: should be] warming up, I usually always reach for my favorite of all cocktails – a gin and tonic. So crisp, so good, and so perfect for warmth and sun. What better way to fight the cold nastiness than with that?! Really the only thing that could make it better is adding even more delicious flavor – like blackberry and mint! Luckily I found a great inspirational recipe on Spoon Fork Bacon’s Blog.
3 oz botanical gin (I used Letherbee Gin which is DELICIOUS)
3-5 fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon simple syrup
Place blackberries and mint into the bottom of the glass adding more of either one depending on your flavor preference. Add simple syrup and all the juice you can muster out of your lemon half. Muddle together, then add gin. Top with tonic and ice then stir it all up until it’s blended into an awesome deep berry red color.
If you’re like my husband and hate “all the little floaty bits” you could pre-make this with a cocktail shaker and mixing glass as well in order to be able to strain those out. I personally love blackberries and am all about leaving the “floaty bits” in there.
The lovely ladies at Spoon Fork Bacon prepared theirs a little differently by adding more ice and not blending all of the ingredients together which results in most of the blackberry staying on the bottom of the glass. This makes for an ultra gorgeous ombre look that you could totally try as well. Check their version out here.