‘Tis the season for all issues eerie… even the seemingly harmless blackberry has its share of nefarious skeletons within the closet! In accordance with British and Irish folklore, when the archangel Michael forged Lucifer out of heaven, he landed on a thorny blackberry bush and spat — or by some accounts, um, peed — on the prickly perpetrator and cursed it. Thus the nickname “satan’s fruit” was born. Cursed or not, I like blackberries for his or her mildly candy, earthy and barely tart flavour. And along with the botanical notes in gin and the autumnal essence of apple cider and ginger beer, this cocktail is sinfully good.
Gin and Blackberry Chiller
Choose a very good model of ginger beer to your cocktail; it is going to make a world of distinction.
*You may crush the ice in a sealed zip-top plastic bag, pounding it with a rolling pin, mallet or the bottom of a butter knife.
**Use store-bought frozen blackberries or recent blackberries positioned within the freezer for no less than 3 hours.
- 2 oz gin
- 2 oz apple cider
- 2 oz ginger beer
- 1 tbsp recent lime juice, from ½ lime
- ½ cup crushed ice*
- ½ cup frozen blackberries**
- 3 or 4 frozen blackberries, to garnish
- Finely grated lime zest, to garnish
Pour the crushed ice into a big glass coupe or small wine glass (to carry 10 ounces).
Stir collectively the gin, apple cider and ginger beer. Pour the combination into the serving glass.
Blitz the frozen blackberries and lime juice in a blender (or use a small meals processor or stick blender) for about 10 seconds or till the berries turn into slushy. Spoon the blackberry slush evenly throughout the highest of the cocktail.
Garnish with frozen blackberries on a small skewer. Scatter the lime zest overtop.
Yield: Makes 1 drink
Betty Shin Binon is the artistic pressure behind @stemsandforks, a group of culinary, botanical and creative musings. As a celebrated recipe developer, photographer and content material creator, Binon’s distinct works have been featured globally, and her artistry continues to evolve into movie and story-telling.