July 29, 2014

Cocktails for Two: Blackberry Elderflower Cobbler

I dreamed about a cocktail like this, and then one day last week I came home to it. 
My husband serves as my personal bartender. It all started in college when he started making Old Fashions at home for his friends. Over the years his skills and creativity have grown immensely. After a trip to the farmer's market and a long day at work I came home to my husband muddling blackberries and mint over the bar cart. Once I took a sip, I knew I had to share the recipe. It is everything I look for in a summer cocktail: sweet and refreshing. The fresh mint and blackberries show the flavor of the season and the elderflower adds a nice floral note. I'll be busy sipping on this until blackberry season is over.

Blackberry Elderflower Cobbler 

8 blackberries
1 sprig of mint 
3 ounces gin 
2 ounces elderflower liquor 
1 ounce simple syrup 
1.5 ounces lemon juice 

Muddle 3 blackberries and 3 mint leaves in the bottom of each glass. Crush 2-3 cups of ice in a food processor. Remove any large chunks of ice that do not get crushed. Fill each glass to the rim with ice. 

Combine 3 ounces of gin, 2 ounces elderflower liquor, 1 ounce simple syrup, 1.5 ounce lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Shake with ice, strain, and pour over crushed ice and muddled fruit. 

Stir lightly, just enough to turn the clear liquid pink. Garnish with a sprig of mint and 1 blackberry for each. 

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