The Happy Hour: Very Berry
Jun 25, 2010
I can’t drink gin because of an allergy issue, and it really is too bad because there are so many tasty cocktails made with gin. I guess you ladies will just have to enjoy this one on my behalf. So drink up!
It was really a toss-up between this dress, and a darker one shoulder from La Garconne. But in the end, sequins always wins the race.
The Bramble is a British import often made with blackberries. The New York Times has labeled it the next big cocktail to watch. A Cosmo for a new generation. Of course, I think publishing an NYT article on the beverage will probably increase the cocktail’s popularity. Perhaps that was the reporter’s intention all along.
2 ounces gin
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note)
1/2 ounce crème de mûre.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, shake together the first three ingredients and strain into a rocks glass filled with crushed ice (see below), mounded high. Drizzle crème de mûre over the top and garnish with a slice of lemon, two blackberries and a short straw.
Note: Crushed ice is important in this drink for the dilution. At home, you can either smash your cubes in a clean dish towel or make cracked ice by whacking each cube with the back of a heavy spoon.
And, to make simple syrup, stir together equal measures of hot water and sugar, cool to room temperature and store in refrigerator until ready to use.