26 July 2013

Good Eats - Blackberry Gin Fizz


At this moment, I'm about summertime + living easy as the heat of summer days give reason for slowing down. And in this fleeting moment of summer revelry, I've chosen to celebrate with a light summer cocktail that has the perfect balance of tart and sweet for a hot afternoon - the Blackberry Gin Fizz. I paired it last week with my low-calorie blackberry cobbler - and it was a perfect combination! It was also the perfect treat for a summer afternoon!

blackberry gin fizz
Want to impress your guests? Try this simple yet sophisticated cocktail. It's complex flavors are deceptively easy to create and are a winner every time.

As always, start with fresh ingredients.

blackberries

Ingredients for Two (feel free to double this recipe):

Simple syrup (recipe below)
1/4 C fresh blackberries
1/2 C (4 oz.) gin
1/4 C fresh lime juice (approx. 1-2 limes)
Club soda
2 sprigs of fresh sweet basil, fresh mint, or lime wedges for garnish

Puree your fresh blackberries in blender until they become liquefied as much as possible, then strain the berry puree through a fine mesh sieve. A tea strainer is perfect for this, but any fine sieve will do. Discard pulp + seeds.

straining pureed blackberries

To your two glasses, add the equivalent of 1/2 the puree to each glass (approx 1/8C). To that, add 1/4 C gin, 1/8 C lime juice, + approximately 1/8 C simple syrup to each glass.

Simple syrup:

1 part sugar to 2 parts water

Bring water to a boil. Add sugar, stirring constantly, until sugar has dissolved. Immediately remove from heat + allow to cool.

making a gin fizz

So pretty!

Next, add club soda, top with ice, and add your fresh garnish of choice.

blackberry gin fizz recipe



Like all things should be on a hot summer's day, this cocktail is just that easy!

gin fizz

For those of you interested in the history of a Fizz, it's a classic cocktail that became hugely popular from the 1920's to the 1940's. By definition, a fizz is any cocktail that incorporates a carbonated water, an acidic fruit such as a lemon or lime and a bit of sweetener to your favorite libation. For this recipe, that would be gin.

And while gin isn't everyone's favorite libation (I happen to adore it!), in this cocktail, gin's pungent flavor is tampered by the other ingredients. The result is a surprisingly tart yet refreshing cocktail that's not too sweet. It's wonderfully refreshing and perfect for a hot summer evening, especially with the addition of fresh blackberries just picked out of the berry patch.

Enjoy!

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2 comments :

  1. Yum - I just whipped up some blackberry lemonade - cheers!!!!
    Kelly

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    1. oooh! another summertime favorite. i'll have mine with a jigger of vodka, please!

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