One of the most famous cocktails to come out of England, the bramble has been beloved in the craft cocktail community since its creation in 1984. The drink utilizes blackberries in two ways, both as a garnish and through blackberry liquor, otherwise known as crème de mure. Make sure to use a top quality gin so that the botanicals can seep through.
Give us mo’ mojitos. Similar to blueberries, blackberries are the perfect compliment to rum and mint. Best of all, the muddling process allows the dark purple hue of blackberries to seep into your drink, creating an aesthetically pleasing cocktail that practically screams “summer.”
- Pro Tip: Be gentle when muddling your blackberries; too much force can unleash bitter tannins.
Named after bootleggers who smuggled rum into the Florida Keys during prohibition, this classic tiki drink is absolutely packed with tropical flavors. This is due to its potent mixture of fruit juices (generally a combo of pineapple, orange, and lime juice), blackberry liqueur, and banana liqueur. To keep things extra tropical, make sure to garnish with a tropical fruit/blackberry skewer.
- Pro Tip: Interested in Tiki drinks? Check out our article on guava cocktails.
Blackberry Whiskey Sour
When most people think about whiskey cocktails, they don’t reach for the berry patch. We’re here to fix that. The deep sweetness of blackberries is an awesome addition to traditional whiskey sours, particularly if you pair it with a fresh herb like rosemary or thyme! If that’s not enough whiskey goodness for you, check out some of our other favorites.
How do you improve on a cocktail that’s so refreshing and delicious they named a glass after it? Add fresh berries of course! This Tom Collins variant expands on the “sparkling lemonade” idea of the original by adding an extra dose of color and flavor with blackberries. Take some inspiration from modern lemonades to maximize quality and minimize cost for this cocktail.
- Pro Tip: Swap in strawberries or blueberries for a different, but equally delicious, drink!