Replace your usual afternoon cocktail with this delicious BLACKBERRY LEMON GIN & TONIC. It’s the perfect refreshment on a warm day out on the back porch with friends & family!
I absolutely love making cocktails when we have company over. I guess it’s the hostess in me. But that’s the part I look forward to the most about inviting friends over. I pull out the hub’s old bartender book & pick a few signature drinks I want to serve for whatever occasion we are gathering for. It’s so much fun! When we lived in the desert we would head to my friend’s pool this time of year where we could enjoy the sunshine. You know, before it becomes so hot that all you want is shade. But it was so nice to entertain with some delicious drinks & a few snacks out back by the pool. Drinks like this Blackberry & Lemon Gin & Tonic are so easy to make. Just muddle the ingredients together & top off with your liquids. I mean, there’s not even any shaking involved.
This has a great blackberry flavor, a slight punch of sour & then the refreshing mint hits you on the way down. Honestly, a basic gin & tonic is so easy & then you can add so much to it like I did here. Long ago, I had my first gin & tonic on my 22nd birthday. My boss took me out for lunch at this place called Mr. Stoks in So Cal. It was THE place to go & since I was expecting my first baby when I had my 21st birthday- he wanted to make sure 22 was celebrated right. So now, thanks to him, I still make these occasionally. I prefer to brighten it up with blackberries or raspberries. I always like a little mint. I’m all about it being visually appealing as I’m enjoying it. It makes me feel pampered & so I’m sure it makes my guest feel that way too when I serve them something this pretty.
This is the perfectly refreshing bevie for the warmer days that are on their way.
- 6 blackberries
- 8 mint leaves
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp simple syrup
- 6 oz gin
- tonic water
- Additional mint leaves & lemon wheels for garnish
- Using 2 lowball glasses, place 3 blackberries in each glass
- Add 4 mint leaves per glass, 1 tbsp lemon juice & 1 tbsp simple syrup per glass &
- Fill each glass with ice, followed by 3 oz gin
- Top each drink with tonic water
- Garnish with lemon wheel & mint leaves
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