Monday, June 26, 2017

Blackberry Lemon Spritzer

The lazy, carefree days of summer are upon us!  During this warmer months I can think of nothing better than a simple, cool, refreshing drink that utilizes some of natures candy. 
Blackberries are one of my favourite fruits.  I can pop them in my mouth one after the other and truly indulge myself, or throw them in a pie, cobbler or tart.  Another option is to drop them into the bottom of a glass, muddle them and whip up a delicious cocktail or mocktail. 

And that's exactly what I did with the last batch of blackberries I purchased.  Folks, I think this is one of my favorite beverages to date and it is so. incredibly. simple!  A handful of blackberries, fresh basil leaves, a hint of lemon and zesty ginger beer.  These are a match made in heaven.

It's slightly tart, sweet, with a hint of earthy basil.  The lemon adds a touch of brightness and the ginger beer adds a hint of spice.  This is summertime perfection in a glass. 

Blackberry Lemon Spritzer

Ingredients:

3-4 Large basil leaves, roughly torn
6 Blackberries
Juice of quarter of a lemon
Ginger beer
2 Oz vodka, if desired

Directions:

Place basil and blackberries in a glass.  Using a muddle or the back of a spoon, gently press to release the blackberry juices and basil oil.  Squeeze lemon juice in the glass and gently stir to combine.  Fill the glass 3/4 full of ice then fill with ginger beer.  Stir, garnish with a lemon wedge and basil leaves, if desired.  Enjoy!

Recipe source: A Lynsey Original

*I kept this beverage alcohol free, but you could totally make this an adult beverage with a splash of vodka or rum.

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