Thank you Prairie Organic Spirits for sponsoring this recipe for Blackberry Gin Smash. The contents of this post and the products named are only intended for persons of legal drinking age (21+) and should not be forwarded, shared or otherwise distributed to any underaged persons. Prairie Organic Spirits reminds you to please enjoy their products responsibly.
This is my summer of cocktails.
I realized a few months ago that this blog was seriously lacking in the drink department. In order to remedy that I’ve been trying to share a bonus easy cocktail recipe every few weeks, and it has been so much fun!
When it comes to going out, I’m a total cocktail snob. I only want the most interesting, well-crafted cocktails – that means no sweet soda in my Old Fashioned thankyouverymuch.
One way that I’m super picky about my cocktails is that I really don’t like drinking sugar. It just doesn’t leave me feeling great and I know it isn’t good for me.
My answer to this dilemma is raw honey in place of simple syrup. It adds sweetness and flavor without being overpowering. It’s also a natural match for summer’s best berries!
While we’re talking natural swaps, I’m loving this Prairie Organic Gin which is made using the very best organic corn. It goes through a detailed process that produces the brand’s distinct, award-winning taste.
This commitment to craftsmanship made with local ingredients (they get their corn from Minnesota family farms, woot!) makes this gin the perfect fit for these fresh and fruity cocktails.
You have three options for the smash portion of this drink. I like to muddle the berries, lime, and mint in a glass and then strain it through a fine mesh sieve into another glass so I’m not drinking big chunks of blackberry seed or pulling mint out of my teeth.
If you have a cocktail shaker you could also do this step in there and then strain it into your glass. Depending on your shaker this could still let a few seeds through into your beautiful drink.
The third option, which I also fully support, is to muddle it in the glass you’re going to drink it in and just deal with the debris. You will have a lot of stuff floating around in your drink, but they’ll also be wholesome, tasty bits of goodness. This is definitely the way to go if you’re in a hurry and just don’t feel like dirtying more dishes.
I’m eagerly waiting for the blackberries to ripen around here (my foraging obsession is REAL this summer), but in the meantime these plump store-bought berries worked beautifully! I also chose to go with a full slab of honeycomb which is not technically necessary or practical but is super fun and incredibly delicious.
This blackberry gin smash can be customized! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Use whatever fresh berries you have on hand such as raspberries or blueberries
- Swap the honey for simple syrup, maple syrup, or agave, adjusting to taste as necessary
- Use Prairie Organic Vodka in place of the gin
- Use a shaker to muddle, mix, and strain your drink
- If you don’t own a muddler, use the end of a large wooden spoon
- Use 2 ounces of Prairie Organic Gin if you prefer a stronger drink
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- 8 blackberries
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 lime cut in half
- 1 teaspoon raw honey
- 1 1/2 ounces Prairie Organic Gin
- Club soda
- In a heavy bottomed glass, muddle together blackberries, mint, and lime until they have released all their juices. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean rocks glass, being sure to press out all the liquid with the back of a spoon.
- Add the honey and stir until dissolved.
- Add the gin and a handful of crushed ice. Top with club soda and garnish with a sprig of mint, a blackberry, and/or a slice of honeycomb if desired.
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