Sunshine and blue skies. The gentle sway of a porch swing. A cold drink on a hot day. Cocktails with a minimal list of ingredients and zero pretensions.
This is one of those.
Recipe and summertime drinkin’/porch swingin’ music after the jump.
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Makes enough syrup for 4-5 drinks
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup sugar
- Two (2) 6 oz. packages blackberries, rinsed
- Combine the water and sugar in a pan over high heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the blackberries and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for 10-15 minutes.
- Once the fruit is nice and tender use a potato masher and mash the fruit to release as much juice as possible.
- Remove the mixture from heat and allow it to cool completely.
- Strain the syrup into a container, and store it for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
- Simple syrup freezes well if you have leftovers or want to make it far in advance. Use your old ice cube trays.
Ingredients and Directions for Blackberry Gin and Tonic:
Makes one cocktail
- 2 oz. Blackberry Simple Syrup
- 1-1/2 oz. Letherbee gin
- ½ oz. lime juice
- Tonic water
- Fresh blackberries and/or lime wheel for garnish (optional)
- Add simple syrup, gin and lime juice to a glass and stir.
- Add ice and stir again.
- Top with tonic water. Gently stir once more.
- Garnish with blackberries and/or lime, as desired.