I love these berry crush cocktails. And I've been in a very berry mood lately. All things berry. Bake 'em. Mash 'em. Stick 'em in a stew. Well, getting a bit too hobbit there but you get what I mean. And I seriously might make a berry soup soon.
Ever since I've discovered how wonderful Lemon Thyme works with berries and cherries I thought it would work well in this cocktail. And it does. I infused the lemon thyme in a simple syrup using one sprig of thyme but I think it could have used about 3 sprigs, my original thought was to not overpower the flavor because lemon thyme can be pretty strong. So it's really up to personal preference on how much thyme to use.
And there it is in all it's subtlety. It might intensify over time, but after several hours of infusing I would prefer more flavor. Other than that I was really happy with how it came out, delicious and it's healthy for you too! Cheers to the weekend!
I just love these berries. I used a Macro 105mm lens for this shot.
Blackberry Crush Cocktail
(adapted from Everyday Food)
(for 1 serving)
- 3 Blackberries
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon thyme simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1 1/4 ounce vodka
In a cocktail glass add the blackberries, lime juice and simple syrup, lightly crush berries to release their juice. Add ice, vodka and top with seltzer. Garnish with blackberries.
To make the lemon thyme simple syrup:
- 1 cup of sugar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 sprig of lemon thyme (or more for stronger flavor)
In small saucepan add the sugar, water and lemon thyme. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, allow to simmer 2 minutes. Remove from stove and let cool. When cool place in air tight jar and refrigerate.