If ever there was a summer thorn that you wanted to prick you, this is it.
Sweet, tart, berry, gin. Four delicious words, one delicious cocktail. The Summer Thorn, but this won’t hurt one little bit! 😉
What you’ll need for one cocktail:
- 2 oz gin (Nolet’s is great in this)
- 1 oz St. Germain
- 1 oz Blackberry Shrub (see below)
- 4 oz club soda or sparkling water
How to make it:
Put the gin, St. Germain and shrub in your class. Add club soda, then top off with ice. Stir gently, decorate with a bit of sage and do take a moment to consider the bramble that bore the blackberries that are giving you such joy in this moment!
How to make Blackberry Shrub
Before I tell you how you can make this at home, shrubs are amazing. They have a very old, interesting history that basically begins with the preservation of seasonal produce in the absence of refrigeration. Shrubs are a current favorite of craft-cocktailists because they have an “acidic bite and fruity brightness.” All you need to know now is that they are damned good. And easy to make.
What you’ll need:
- 1.5 c fresh blackberries (rinsed, of course)
- 1 c turbinado sugar (sugar in the raw)
- Zest of 2-4 limes, depending on your taste
- a few fresh sage leaves, rubbed between your fingers to release flavor
- 1 c apple cider vinegar
Place the first 4 ingredients in a bowl and stir. Mash the berries up, cover and let sit in the fridge overnight. Next day, using a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture over another bowl to filter out the solids. Add 1 c vinegar to the liquid and stir well. Once well incorporated, pour into a glass jar (like a Weck jar or a Ball canning jar). Let this sit in the fridge for about a week before using. Interested in a great book full of fantastic shrub recipes? Get this one. It’s what I have and I love it.
Fun stuff for drinks and drinking!