Gin, ginger and blackberries. How good does that sound? I thought it sounded terrific, so off to the store to buy supplies for my ginger bramble. I know, the author touts this recipe as a New Year’s cocktail and it’s only November, but I’m impatient LOL!
Happy December! The year is gonna be over in just a few more weeks and I’ve got a New Year’s cocktail for you to celebrate in style.
I couldn’t find fresh blackberries, so I had to go with frozen. Surprisingly, that turned out to be a good thing. I was able to skip ice since the frozen blackberries served the same function. No watered-down drink–always a good thing!
The rest of the ingredients were easy to find. As you can see, I went back to my regular brand of gin, Hendrick’s, for this drink. I was out of the Prairie Organic Gin I’ve been using lately, and I decided a little change would be good.
I did opt for regular ice over dry ice. Yes, the dry ice is beautiful, but I wasn’t comfortable with it after reading all the warnings. Besides, you can’t dink it, and I taste everything I blog.
This is a two-part recipe: making the ginger simple syrup and the cocktail. The simple syrup was easy to make. I didn’t even bother peeling the ginger since I had to strain it out of the final product. It took just 5 minutes to make the simple syrup, then I removed the pan from the heat and let it cool with the ginger still in the pan. After it cooled (about 30 minutes) I strained it, poured it into a sealed glass bottle and popped it into the refrigerator.
Making the cocktail was even easier. I wasn’t sure how much a shot was, so I turned to Google and found it’s 1 1/2 ounces. Easy enough, and I had a lovely ginger bramble cocktail mixed up 2 minutes later.