We picked 40-quarts of fresh blackberries last season. In order to justify hanging out in the blackberry patch this summer we needed to use the remaining few quarts of berries from the freezer. What better way to use up the summer stash of berries than making a good cocktail.
The warm, soon to be sweltering heat is returning to North Florida. Our spring weather is generally short and our summers long. This is the perfect time of year for us after a day in the garden, to turn on the patio ceiling fans, with a good cocktail in hand, and watch the late afternoon turn to dusk.
Blackberry Blast Cocktail
Recipe from Saveur
1 cup blackberries, plus more garnish
2 oz. simple syrup
2 oz. good quality rum
1/2 oz. fresh lime juice, plus wedge for garnish
1/4 oz. Angostura bitters
Blend berries and syrup; strain. Return syrup to blender along with rum, juice, bitters, and 1-1/2 cups ice; puree. Pour into glasses; garnish with fruit.