I jumped on TWO bandwagons today, you guys. Sometimes, a food blogger’s just gotta do what a food blogger’s gotta do. Especially when the bandwagons in question are mason jars and fun stripe-y straws. AMIRITE?
Also, the bandwagoning was all in the name of this super delicious Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade. Which means it was totally 100% justified. I would pretty much do anything for this whiskey lemonade. And given how much I love mah draaaanks, that’s really saying something.
Actually, this particular drink was inspired by a Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade we had at Yardbird while in Miami for BlogHer Food last month. It was one of our favorite stops on the whole trip, and I was in looooove with their drink menu. So, naturally, when I got back one of my first orders of business was to try and recreate all the delicious things we ate on that trip – starting with this drink.
I ended up adapting it a bit from the Yardbird version and a bit from my own Sweet Whiskey Lemonade, and then I added a fresh rosemary sprig for a little bit of depth and earthiness. I actually really liked this version, but if you want to lighten it up a bit (or temper the whiskey-ness!) you could add a splash of tonic water or sparkling wine.
- 12 ounces fresh blackberries
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 7.5 ounces whiskey
- 7.5 ounces lemon juice
- 1 large rosemary sprig
- 6 ounces blackberry simple syrup
- Put the blackberries and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Cook for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until blackberries have softened and you have a thick syrup.
- Strain syrup through a mesh sieve to separate any seeds or lumps from the syrup. You can discard the leftover pulp, although I like to freeze it in ice cube trays and pop a cube or two in smoothies.
- Let syrup cool on the counter for 20 minutes or so before you make the drinks.
- Combine all ingredients in a large shaker and add a handful or two of ice cubes. Depending on the size of your shaker, you may have to shake the drinks in two batches.
- Shake to combine and chill drinks.
- Pour over ice into glasses and serve.
Lighten the drinks up a bit (and stretch them to serve more people!) by topping each drink off with a splash of tonic water or sparkling wine.