Blackberry & Lemon Cocktails

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It’s Friday, woot woot! Let’s celebrate with a drink. Or 5.

Blackberry & Lemon Cocktails | mycaliforniaroots.com

I’ve been pretty obsessed with this bubbly lemonade I’ve been making lately. I made this Meyer lemon syrup from Food in Jars a while back, and I’ve been making my way through it pretty exclusively by pairing it with some Perrier. When it’s hot it is the perfect way to cool down and refresh.

Blackberry & Lemon Cocktails | mycaliforniaroots.com

But, sometimes I want something a bit more… mature than just lemonade –> enter, this cocktail. I didn’t want to use up all my precious Meyer lemon syrup, so I made a super easy simple syrup with lemon and paired it with a blackberry puree that comes together in just seconds.

Blackberry & Lemon Cocktails | mycaliforniaroots.com

Add a hefty amount of vodka (we like Kettle One) and my juvenile obsession just became a lot more adult. You’ve got to be careful with this stuff… it would be pretty easy to down 4 or 5 of them before dinner, and before you know it you’ve become the party (or a mess, whichever comes first).

Blackberry & Lemon Cocktails | mycaliforniaroots.com

Drink up!

[[Also, on an entirely unrelated note, I made my first Etsy sale this week! I make little pouches for dog collars to put empty poop bags in, so you don't have to carry them. They're super cute, and functional! It was a custom order, and she bought two of them! I've got more of them available, you can find them here and here.]]

Blackberry & Lemon Cocktails | mycaliforniaroots.com

Blackberry & Lemon Cocktails
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Recipe type: Drinks
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
For the Lemon Simple Syrup:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
For the Cocktails:
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 2+ Tbsp water
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1½ cups good-quality vodka
  • 4 cups bubbly water ( eg. Perrier)
Instructions
Make the simple syrup:
  1. Place the sugar, water, and lemon zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, remove from the heat, and pour through a fine strainer to remove solids. Let cool and stir in lemon juice.
  2. You won't use the entire amount for this recipe; store the extra in the fridge in a sealed container for a few weeks.
Make the cocktails:
  1. Place the blackberries and 2 Tbsp water in a blender and blend on high until smooth. If needed, add more water 1 Tbsp at a time to get it moving through the blades. Pour through your fine sieve again to remove any remaining solids.
  2. Combine 1 cup of the blackberry puree, 1 cup simple syrup, the lemon juice and vodka. Mix well.
  3. When ready to serve, combine 4 oz (1/2 cup) of the concentrate with 4 oz (1/2 cup) bubbly water, mix and serve with extra blackberries on top!

 

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  1. says

    You definitely have to be careful with mixed drinks that taste as good as this one looks! I don’t want to become the party or the mess :) These look so cool and refreshing, I wish I had one right now!

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