Blackberries + basil + gin, whats not to love?!
The Blackberry Basil Bijou aptly named for its vivid jewel tone hue is like a sip of pure summertime. Full of ripe blackberries and fresh basil, this gin cocktail is the perfect way to unwind after a busy day spent outside. Its crisp, refreshing, and bursting with sweet berry flavor.
I created this cocktail last weekend for girls night out with some of my favorite gal pals. We usually go to downtown Annapolis, but this time we opted to get together at someones house instead. This opened up the option for DIY cocktails, which I happily volunteered for!
Earlier that morning, while at the local farmers market, I scored a hearty bounty of organic basil plants. Basil pairs perfectly with fresh fruit, so when I spotted blackberries on sale at the store later on that day I knew exactly what Id be shaking up for girls night.
The beautiful jewel color of this cocktail comes from a homemade blackberry basil syrup. This sweet syrup condenses all of the fresh berry and basil flavors into a potent little serum that not only tastes great, but looks gorgeous too!
Making the Blackberry Basil Bijou cocktail is easy gin, blackberry basil syrup, and sweet limonata soda is all you need. Having a party? Mix up a pitcher of the syrup and gin ahead of time and let it chill in the fridge. Once your guests arrive, add a splash of limonata soda and garnish with fresh blackberries and basil leaves. (Dont add the limonata ahead of time or the drink will lose its fizziness.)
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 cups of fresh blackberries
- Large handful of fresh basil, torn into pieces
- 2 oz Gin
- ¼ cup Blackberry Basil Syrup
- Sanpelligrino Limonata soda
- Blackberries and basil leaves, for garnish
- Combine all ingredients into a large sauce pan over low heat.
- Muddle the berries until they are broken down.
- Stir over low heat until the sugar has fully dissolved and a syrup forms. Remove from heat and let sit until room temperature (this lets all of the blackberry and basil flavors steep into the syrup).
- Pour through a strainer and store in an air tight container in the fridge.
- In a shaker filled with ice, add 2 oz of Gin and ¼ cup of Blackberry Basil Syrup. Shake until combined and chilled.
- Pour through a strainer into a chilled glass.
- Top off with a few oz of Limonata soda.
- Garnish with fresh blackberries and basil leaves.
- Serve cold, on a hot day, with good friends. Cheers!