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There is a thornless blackberry bush in our herb garden, that thrives this time of year. The kids love to eat the blackberries straight from the bush, but the fruit tends to have a lot of seeds. However, these Blackberry flavored cocktails enable me to enjoy the bounty from our garden seed free.

BLACKBERRY GIN FIZZ

blackberry gin fizz

6 ounces of blackberries

1/2 cup sugar

2 cups gin

1 cup fresh lime juice

club soda

sweet basil

Puree blackberries and sugar in a blender. Let stand. stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Strain puree through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher, discard seeds in sieve. Stir gin and lime juice into pitcher. Divide drink among ice-filled glasses, top with soda. Garnish each with basil.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit, July 2012

BLACKBERRY MARGARITA

blackberry margarita

FOR THE BLACKBERRY PUREE

1 pound blackberries

1/4 cup water

2 to 4 tablespoons sugar

FOR EACH DRINK

juice from half lime

sugar, optional

ice

1 ounce tequila

1/2 ounce triple sec

1 1/2 ounces blackberry puree

FOR THE BLACKBERRY PUREE

In a saucepan, combine blackberries and water and cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally until blackberries start to release their juices.

Transfer mixture to a fine mesh sieve set over a bowl and press to extract juice. Discard solids. Add sugar and stir until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.

FOR EACH DRINK

Rub each cocktail glass rim with lime (save lime) and dip moistened rim in sugar if desired, set aside.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add tequila, triple sec, blackberry puree and squeeze juice from lime half and shake well. Strain into cocktail glass.

Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Arkansas Democrat Gazette, May 2010

 

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