Our local markets have been full of blackberries recently, and John just loves them so I picked up a pack or two. I, on the other hand, have never figured out quite how to eat and enjoy them, so I smashed them up with some bourbon–much more my speed!
1/2 lemon, sliced
sprig of mint
2 oz bourbon
1 oz simple syrup
Combine lemon slices, blackberries and mint in a cocktail shaker; gently muddle. Add bourbon, syrup and ice; shake for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice, and garnish with a freshly slapped sprig of mint.
Notes: Bourbon pairs beautifully with berry flavors, and we like something with a bit of heat and spice to make sure the whiskey flavor shines through. Wild Turkey is a favorite in our house, but any equally assertive spirit would be just right–cheers!
Image and recipe from Creative Culinary.