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.
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
- Purée blackberries and agave/sugar in a blender.
- Muddle basil in a large glass measuring cup or a bowl from which you can easily pour, and add the blender purée.
- Let stand, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes.
- 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.
- 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.