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!
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Next, add club soda, top with ice, and add your fresh garnish of choice.
Like all things should be on a hot summer's day, this cocktail is just that easy!
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.