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This Blackberry-Ginger Gin Cocktail is the ultimate summer drink. Bursting with flavor from blackberries, basil, and ginger beer – yet light and refreshing for those hot, summer days. And you won’t believe how quick and easy this is to make!
Summer Cocktails, anyone?
If you’ve been reading the blog lately, you already know that summer is my favorite time of year. I just love spending my weekends lounging by the pool, and enjoying time outside with our friends and family.
And what kind of pool day would it be without some summer cocktails?
So this weekend, I had so much fun creating these Blackberry-Ginger Gin cocktails. They’re light and refreshing, yet packed with flavor from fresh blackberries and herbs.
The Perfect Gin for Summer Cocktails
My husband is a bit of a gin connoisseur—so I was super excited to tell him that I was working on a gin cocktail recipe for Prairie Organic Spirits. I couldn’t wait to try it out.
So he surprised me when he pulled a couple bottles out of our kitchen cabinet. Turns out he had already tried Prairie Organic, and decided for himself that it was pretty terrific.
And I have to agree!
The Prairie Organic Gin has a distinct, unique, award-winning taste that its distillers and farmers have worked hard to differentiate. I love the hint of fresh herbs—like juniper and sage. It’s obvious that Prairie Organics has a passion for crafting a quality product with only the very best ingredients in each bottle.
In fact, Prairie Organic was one of the first USDA Certified Organic spirit brands. They source their corn only from Minnesota family farmers, who are committed to the best processes and ingredients.
I just love this. It’s so important that we maintain a connection to the places our food (and drinks) come from. It doesn’t just taste better—it’s better for us. That’s why I do my best to cook with fresh, local ingredients whenever I can!
Be sure to check out the full lineup of Prairie Organic Spirits. In addition to the gin, they make a delicious organic vodka and even an organic cucumber-flavored vodka!
Let’s Make Blackberry-Ginger Gin Cocktails
So let’s go on with the drink making, shall we?
You won’t believe how simple these cocktails are to make. No fancy equipment required.
Start off with a few fresh blackberries and a bit of basil. I was lucky enough to grab some fresh basil from my herb garden – you can’t beat fresh herbs.
Simply toss the blackberries and basil into a drinking glass, and smush them a bit with a muddler. If you don’t have a muddler, just the back of a spoon. The handle of a wooden spoon works pretty well also!
Add an ounce of simple syrup. Then, add 1 ½ ounces of Prairie Organic Gin. And top off the glass with ice and ginger beer.
Ginger beer is not actually beer—it’s a nonalcoholic soda—and you can find it in most grocery stores these days.
And that’s it. Give everything a little stir, and you’re ready for some poolside sipping.
Blackberry-Ginger Gin Cocktails
- 1 1/2 oz Prairie Organic Gin
- 1 oz Simple Syrup
- 3 oz Ginger Beer
- 4 Blackberries fresh
- 2 Basil leaves fresh
- Extra basil leaves for garnish
- Place blackberries in a drinking glass.
- Tear basil leaves into small pieces, and add to the glass with the blackberries.
- Use a muddler to gently smush the blackberries and basil.
- Add Simple Syrup and gin.
- Add ice cubes, if desired.
- Top off glass with the ginger beer.
- Stir gently and serve.
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