Muddled fresh blackberries blend with tonic water, refreshing gin, and freshly squeezed lime to make this cocktail recipe that’s perfect for summertime entertaining. This blackberry gin and tonic recipe will be a show-stopper at your next party!Jump to Recipe
HOMEMADE BLACKBERRY GIN AND TONIC RECIPE
HOW TO USE FRESH BLACKBERRIES IN A COCKTAIL?
Blackberries come into season in the heat of the year. That means they are perfectly ripe to be added to a refreshing summer cocktail. If you have access to fresh berries, you can prep them to add to the cocktail by muddling them.
You can find muddlers online or in kitchen specialty stores. If you don’t have a muddler, you can also use a small wooden spoon.
To muddle fresh fruit, place a small amount of the fruit in the glass in which you will be serving the cocktail. Use the blunt end of the muddler to press the fruit against the sides and bottom of the glass. You are looking to mash the fruit into smaller pieces and release some of the fruit juices. Muddling the fruit adds great flavors to the cocktail and eliminates the need for additional syrups or sugar.
ASSEMBLING THE BLACKBERRY GIN AND TONIC
After you have muddled about 5 fresh blackberries in each cocktail glass, fill the glass with ice. If you don’t have access to the small nugget ice, I suggest crushing your ice. The smaller pieces of ice will melt more quickly and dilute the cocktail a bit as you drink.
Squeeze roughly 1 teaspoon of fresh lime juice over the ice.
Fill the glass about 2/3 full with tonic water. The exact amount will depend on the size of your glasses. Make sure to leave room for the gin!
Next, pour 1 1/2 ounces gin over the ice. I prefer the classic gin flavor of juniper-forward gins like Hendrick’s or Tanqueray for this cocktail, but you can choose your favorite!
Give the cocktail a gentle stir to mix the gin and the tonic, but try to leave the blackberries mostly undisturbed. This will create a beautiful crimson to pink gradient in the cocktail glass. No need for a cocktail shaker for this drink!
Top the drink off with a bit more ice, if needed.
WHAT GARNISH GOES IN A BLACKBERRY GIN AND TONIC?
You can garnish this gin and tonic by skewering a few more fresh blackberries on a cocktail pick and floating the pick in the drink. You could also add lime slices to the rim of the glass or a float a lime twist in the cocktail as well.
If you want to be especially fancy, add a sprig of rosemary to each glass as a garnish as well. The smell of fresh rosemary brings out the sweetness of the blackberries.
BLACKBERRY GIN AND TONIC RECIPE
HOMEMADE BLACKBERRY GIN AND TONIC RECIPEPrint Pin
- ice nugget or crushed
- fresh blackberries
- fresh lime
- 4 oz tonic water
- 1.5 oz gin
- Add 5-6 blackberries into a glass and muddle them.
- Fill the glass with ice.
- Squeeze roughly 1 tsp of fresh lime juice over the ice.
- Fill the glass 2/3 full with tonic water.
- Pour the gin over teh ice.
- Stir gently to combine.
- Garnish as desired!
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