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Fresh Blackberry and Lemon Cocktails


  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Drinks

Description

Celebrate the arrival of warm weather with our fresh blackberry and lemon cocktails, made with a sweet-tart combo of flavored simple syrup and fruit puree.


Ingredients

For the Flavored Simple Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • Zest of 1 lemon (about 1 Tbsp)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

For the Cocktails:

  • 2 cups fresh blackberries, plus 1/2 cup reserved for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp water (plus more as needed)
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups good-quality vodka (optional, to make it a mocktail)
  • 4 cups bubbly water (like Perrier)
  • Ice (optional)

Instructions

To Make the Simple Syrup:

  1. Place the sugar, water, and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat, and pour through a fine strainer to remove solids. Let cool, then stir in the lemon juice.

To Make the Cocktails:

  1. Place the blackberries and 2 Tbsp water in a blender and blend on high until smooth. If needed, add more water 1 Tbsp at a time to get it moving through the blades. Pour through a fine mesh sieve to remove any remaining solids.
  2. Combine 1 cup of the blackberry puree, 1 cup simple syrup, the lemon juice, and vodka. Stir to mix well.
  3. When ready to serve, fill glasses halfway with crushed ice if desired. Combine 4 oz (1/2 cup) of the berry mixture with 4 oz bubbly water, stir, and serve with extra blackberries on top.

Notes

Extra syrup can be stored in the refrigerator in a Mason jar to make more cocktails and lemonade for 1-2 weeks. 

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