Blackberry Jasmine Bramble

Make the most out of blackberry season with a delightful and fruit-forward Blackberry Jasmine Bramble. Lush and juicy, with both full-proof and zero-proof options, this easy drinker is the perfect companion for a relaxed evening on the patio over hors d'oeurvres with your favorite people.

Ingredients:

Serving: 1 cocktail

  • 8 oz. freshly brewed and cooled Blackberry Jasmine Iced Tea
  • 1/2 oz. blackberry simple syrup*
  • 1/2 Lemon, juiced
  • 1 oz. high quality gin. We used Old Tom style (Optional: substitute gin with a non-alcoholic spirit such as Wilderton Lustre)
  • Mint and/or lavender sprigs, fresh blackberries, sliced figs, or lemon wedges, for garnish

Directions:

For cocktail:

  1. In a shaker, combine blackberry syrup, lemon juice, and gin with a scoop of ice. Shake until well combined and strain into a Collins glass.
  2. Add ice to the top of the glass, then use the back of a large spoon to gently pour a "float" of Blackberry Jasmine Iced Tea atop the syrup mixture.
  3. Gently insert garnishes, enjoy as is, or stir to combine and watch it turn a lovely shade of magenta.

*For the blackberry simple syrup:

  1. Combine 1 cup water and 3/4 cup sugar in a small saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil then lower heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until sugar is melted.
  3. Add 1 cup of fresh blackberries and return to a gentle boil, cooking until the blackberries burst, or about 5 minutes.
  4. Strain (without crushing the fruit**) into a clean glass jar or bottle and cool to room temperature before using. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

**Save the stewed blackberries and use as a topping for ice cream, yogurt, or atop toast with mascarpone and honey.

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