Blackberry Lemon Gin Fizz

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First of all, happy Cocktail Friday! It’s been quite the week and I’m just glad we made it here. Seriously. Well, technically, we still have to get through the day, but let’s just cross our fingers and push through it. It actually might not be too tough if this is drink on the other end. It finally snowed in Boston last night. So, obviously I decided to make a drink that made me feel like it was summer.

But really, gin is one of my favorite warm-me-up drinks and I feel like this cocktail is absolutely perfect any time of year. Even if you’re not a gin lover, I still vote you should try this. Because it may just convert you. Which is reason enough. And at the very least, it can help you forget all the horrible parts of your week, so you can focus on weekend. My weekend will consist of (hopefully) crossing lots more off the wedding to-do list (we’ve already had a wonderfully productive wedding get stuff done week!) and checking out bridesmaid dresses for Katie’s October wedding (Chels and I are both in it and it’s going to be SOO much fun!). A very wedding weekend… With a Patriots game thrown in, of course (we’ll just ignore the 500 hours of work I need to get done)!

Blackberry Lemon Gin Fizz (makes 2 drinks):
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  • 6 oz. blackberries
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T water
  • Ice
  • 1 T mint, chopped finely
  • 2 T lemon
  • 5 oz. gin
  • 1/2-3/4 C club soda

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Start by putting the blackberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan and turning the heat to medium.

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While the berries are warming up, take a fork and mash them up as much as you can. The warmer they get, the easier this will be.

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Once you have a nice puree going, push the mixture through a strainer into a bowl. I decided to spoon in some of the remaining puree after I had extracted all the liquid. I LOVE pulp in my drinks and wanted a little something-something extra. If you hate pulp, just take the liquid and leave the rest! Chill the blackberry juice for about 10-15 minutes.

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Chop up your mint as finely as you can.

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In a shaker filled with ice, add the mint and lemon juice.

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Then add the gin and blackberry puree.

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Shake it all up and divide between 2 glasses. Since I left some pulp in my puree, I had to take the cover off my shaker and pour the drink in. Which means I also got lots of little mint bits in my drink. Fine with me!

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Fill glasses the rest of the way with soda water and top with a lemon twist and some extra blackberries.

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Oh man. I really didn’t think there was much that could make a Friday night better (I mean, couch and Dateline? Come’on). But here it is, right?

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While this drink may look a whole lot like a summery concoction, I actually felt like it fit perfectly with the falling snow and chilly air. Who says we need to nix the idea of berries in the winter? We’ve been trying to get our grocery shopping done at Market Basket lately (best ever), where blackberries are frequently $1. And where we frequently buy 6 packs of them at a time.

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Good luck getting through your Friday work week and happy Cocktail Friday to you! In case you haven’t noticed, I’m just a little excited about the weekend. Let’s make it a good one! :)

And if all else fails, at least Monday brings The Bachelor. Yes, this is the way my thought process works.

What will you be sipping on this weekend?

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20 Comments

  • Kelly said:

    Looks gorgeous. Clearly I live a boring life because these days I’m more likely to be making soda with my sodastream than actually doing a cocktail, but now I’m thinking I might need to experiment.

    January 20, 2012 1:28 pm
  • Yum, looks delicious, and the color is gorgeous

    January 20, 2012 3:15 pm
  • i kind of want to just have that blackberry syrup on absolutely everything.

    January 20, 2012 5:27 pm
  • Gia Grossman said:

    TGIF. With this. That is all.

    January 20, 2012 5:48 pm
  • Erica said:

    Gorgeous. The fruit in the drink screams summer

    January 20, 2012 6:12 pm
  • Susan said:

    This does sound like a wonderful, summery drink! Delish! I could use a breathe of summer right now too as I was the snow fall here. It’ll probably be chardonnay for me tonight and maybe margaritas tomorrow night :)

    January 20, 2012 6:26 pm
  • I love gin, and am always looking for new cocktails to use it with. This looks so refreshing, and pretty to boot!

    January 20, 2012 8:07 pm
  • Megan said:

    Definitely need to try this! It’s so gorgeous… and I do love gin!

    January 21, 2012 10:37 am
  • Susan said:

    Looks amazing!

    January 22, 2012 3:30 pm
  • Velva said:

    I am a cocktail girl….And this one rocks. There is nothing wrong about putting a little summer in your winter.

    Velva

    January 22, 2012 10:28 pm
  • Kerstin said:

    Such beautiful cocktails and gin is my favorite because it’s just so refreshing – I’ll have to try these!

    January 22, 2012 11:45 pm
  • Gin is my favorite liquor too – and this combo really reminds me a warm, summer days!

    January 23, 2012 10:49 am
  • Cara said:

    This looks awesome, gin is my favorite as well! I love when food is just as tasty for the eyes.

    January 23, 2012 5:46 pm
  • Shannon said:

    this sounds absolutely delicious :) beautiful and refreshing!

    January 23, 2012 9:21 pm
  • Gin is my favorite! I love that this doesn’t have a ton of added sugar and uses fresh fruit and herbs for flavor instead. I can’t wait to try it.

    January 23, 2012 11:44 pm
  • Mary said:

    What a fabulous drink. It really sounds refreshing. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

    January 24, 2012 2:10 am
  • brandi said:

    i am late seeing this, but i would definitely like one tonight when i get home :)

    January 24, 2012 9:39 am
  • This cocktail totally made me crave Friday. I’ll have to test it out the next time I have company over!

    January 24, 2012 10:32 pm
  • Kelly said:

    It is cold and windy here, but that looks so refreshing. It makes it instantly feel like summer!

    January 29, 2012 11:41 pm
  • Ashleigh said:

    We are making these tonight! I am hoping this will be our pick for a signature drink at our wedding. LOVE the look of this! Thanks for this!

    April 11, 2012 2:35 pm

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