Blackberry Gin Fizz

So, if I’m going to have an afternoon gathering, I like to have a cocktail… And, while I’m not a giant fan of gin, I do really like this recipe.  Yay for summer cocktails (actually, mostly yay for blackberries).  And thank you Bon Appetite for the basic recipe that I adapted, below.

Image courtesy of James Barker /
Image courtesy of James Barker /

Blackberry Gin Fizz

Yields: 8 servings


  • 1 6–ounce container blackberries
  • 1/3-1/2 cup agave nectar or organic unrefined sugar (sweeter or less so, to your taste)
  • 2 cups gin
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • club soda
  • 1/4 c Thai basil or sweet basil leaves
  • 8 sprigs Thai basil or sweet basil for garnish


  1. Purée blackberries and agave/sugar in a blender.
  2. Muddle basil in a large glass measuring cup or a bowl from which you can easily pour, and add the blender purée.
  3. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes.
  4. Strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher (there will be about 3/4 cup); discard seeds and basil leaves in sieve. Stir gin and lime juice into pitcher.
  5. Divide drink among ice-filled old fashioned glasses; top with soda. Garnish each with a basil sprig.

Hint:  of course, a couple of blackberries and/or a lime wedge are nice for additional garnish in each glass.


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