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Blackberry Ginger Smash

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Blackberry Ginger Smash

This is a really informal recipe, adjust the quantities to taste…even eliminate the gin for a refreshing soda. I like to layer this drink so there’s an ombre sitch happening. I find adding the ice after muddling but before adding the lime, gin, and soda, helps with this effect.

Makes 1 drink

4-6 juicy blackberries

3 big mint leaves

1/2 ounce ginger syrup

ice cubes

1 lime wedge

1 ounce gin

soda water

Candied-Ginger-Mint Sugar plus a lime wedge for garnish.

Place the Candied-Ginger-Mint Sugar on a plate. Take a wedge of lime and rub it along the edge of your cocktail glass, dip the glass into the sugar to coat the rim.

Place the blackberries, mint, and ginger syrup in the bottom of a rocks glass. Smash/muddle until the mint is bruised and the blackberries are squished. Add the ice cubes, followed by a squeeze of lime,  gin, and top of with soda water.

Ginger Syrup:

Make quick work of chopping the ginger by using a mini food processor…otherwise, get friendly with your knife.

1 cup sugar

1/4 cup chopped, fresh ginger root

1/2 cup water

In a saucepan combine all of the ingredients and heat to dissolve the sugar, bring to a boil, boil 1 minute. Remove from heat and pour into a heatproof jar, cool to room temperature, seal with a lid or cover with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Candied Ginger Mint Sugar:

2 tablespoons chopped, candied ginger

1 tablespoon fresh mint

2 tablespoons sugar

In a mini food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse! The end. [/recipe]