It's Sunday night and being the grown-ups that we are we decided ordering pizza was the best dinner to not interrupt my cleaning and productivity spree. Of course, while waiting for the pizza to arrive I had to create a cocktail to have with it.
During my afternoon run at the gym I could see the people in our apartment complex out having a party by the pool. The drinks looked summery and refreshing but also sweet and approachable for a mid-afternoon soiree.
It started my mind thinking about creations I could make using the fresh blackberries in my fridge - you know, don't want them to go to waste! I also happened to have fresh mint from some earlier creations and I thought the dark sweetness of the berries and the light herbal notes of the mint would be just the thing. A blackberry bourbon smash is by no means an innovation but it is just the thing for a warm spring afternoon. The recipe below makes 2 because... well just trust me on this one.
- 4.0 oz bourbon, I prefer Bullet but use your favorite
- 6 fresh blackberries
- 10 - 12 fresh mint leaves
- 1 lime, cut into quarters
- 1.5 oz rich simple syrup (regular will do too, I guess)
- 2.0 oz tonic water
HOW TO MIX THE DRINK:
Drop your mint leaves and blackberries into the bottom on your shaker. Squeeze the lime quarters into the shaker and then drop the squeezed wedges into the mix as well. Smash it all up vigorously (or you know, "muddle it" if you're classy) and then add the bourbon and simple syrup. Fill your shaker with ice and shake until the outside frosts a little. Crack the shaker to catch the bigger pieces and pour, straining slightly, evenly into 2 coupe or rocks glasses. Top each glass with one ounce of tonic water and give it a quick stir to combine.
Here's the magic trick at the end; take 2 mint leaves and put them on the heel of one hand. With the other hand give them a sharp slap, just enough to send any cats in the kitchen running. This will release the aroma of the mint and you can float it in the drink just before serving. Keep in mind how much of our sense of taste is smell based and you'll understand why this is a part of the experience. Enjoy and leave a comment to let me know how it came out!