Cocktail Hour: Blackberry Bramble Smash

Ms Mint Julep please say hello to Mr. Dark N Stormy. Let’s marry you both together to make one hell of a Blackberry Bramble Smash.

Blackberry season is finally in full New England swing! Every year I await with great anticipation the first deep purple bursts of heaven to appear amongst our out of control but much beloved blackberry bramble bushes. For as long as I was a wee one we have always had blueberry, blackberry and raspberry bushes. Before you romanticize how lovely it must be to have these sweet lovelies free for the picking, let me fill you in on a dirty little secret- fruits with hundreds of little seeds are natures finest delicacy to birds. They hover and feast around the bushes and guess what happens next? These flying little naughties eat and then poop, yes, they then poop out hundreds, no thousands of seeds wherever they happen to fly. Having berry bushes is a commitment to non stop pruning, pulling up errant thorny seedlings and figuring out creative ways of using up all of your berry bounty before the birds get to them or rot sets in.
I know many of you horticulturists might be saying, just net your berry bushes, Buggy! Well, the blueberries and raspberries are netted but the blackberries are just a lost cause and truth be told, I like that the birds are sharing our bounty.

Ok, enough with the nature lesson.  It’s time to give you some cocktail info you can use whether you are in a city, out in the boonies or somewhere in between, this IS a cocktail recipe blog post after all! The toughest thing about this amazingly refreshing Blackberry Cocktail Recipe was what the heck to call it. I finally came up with Blackberry Bramble Mash but it’s really so much more.  Think of this drink as sweet, innocent Muddled Blackberry meets Ms Mint Julep and then saddles up to Mr. Dark N Stormy for a spice of ginger!!! You get the picture- this Blackberry Bramble Mash recipe will not disappoint.

This time of year, mint is also taking over. There is nothing like a pruning of mint for the cocktail shaker.

Feel free to adjust the amount of citrus and sweetness to your liking.  Buggy Designs Blog cocktail recipes tend to not be very sweet simply because I like a drink to be balanced and really refreshing. For those of you with a sweet tooth, have at it!  Another tip, don’t get bogged down with thinking ginger simple syrup is a big deal to make. It takes about 4 minutes start to finish. You don’t even have to peel the ginger if your’re in a hurry. No one will know!

Without further ado, I present you with one of summer’s finest cocktails, The Blackberry Bramble Mash. Gather up some old Mason jars and get going!  Cheers!

Blackberry Bramble Mash Recipe
yields 2 cocktails
10 blackberries 
6 leaves fresh mint
1 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (or 1 lime)
4 oz white or gold rum
1 oz ginger simple syrup
splash of ginger beer to top off drink
*additional blackberries and mint for garnish
1. Muddle blackberries, mint and lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
2. Add rum,  ginger simple syrup, mint and 6 ice cubes to shaker. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds 
3. Pour the cocktail (do not strain) into 2 ice filled glasses. Top off with ginger beer. Garnish with additional blackberries and fresh mint. 
Ginger Simple Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
4 slices fresh ginger (about 3″ l x1″ w about 1/4″ thick)
1. Bring the sugar, ginger and water to a boil in a saucepan over medium- high heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove and let steep for 15 minutes. 
* If you are in a rush add a bit more ginger to avoid steeping time! No excuses!

P.S. If you are looking for some fun Mason Jars, I have recently added a set of Monogrammed Mason Jars to Buggy Designs site! Take a peek 🙂 

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