The blackberry, ginger and gin cocktail, sweet, spicy, herbal, and fruity. A botanical gin, coupled with a spicy simple syrup and a little zing from yellow Chartreuse, you’re gonna love this one.
I grow a lot of ginger in my backyard, and they’re really pretty plants, like miniature bamboo. Unfortunately, the cold kills off the stalks, so I’ll have to wait for the spring for roots to sprout and my little bamboo forest to return.
Blackberries, fresh rosemary and ginger root make an awesome simple syrup for a gin cocktail. I prefer an herbaceous gin that’s bright, fresh and complex. My two favorite gins right now that have great botanical characteristics are The Botanist, and Hendricks either would be great in this drink. And no, I don’t work for either of them, but I am a big fan.
Blackberry Rosemary Ginger Simple Syrup
- 1 Fresh Ginger (thumb sized) grated
- 1 Tablespoon Fresh Rosemary, chopped
- 10 Blackberries, muddled
- ¾ Sugar
- ¾ Water
-Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan
-Bring to a boil while stirring, once sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and let steep for 30 minutes
Blackberry, Ginger and Gin Cocktail
- 1 ½ Ounces Gin
- ½ Ounce Yellow Chartreuse
- 1 Ounce Blackberry Ginger Simple Syrup
- ¼ Lemon, Juice
-Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice, stir 40 times
-Serve in a chilled Martini Glass with a lemon peel garnish, blackberries and a rosemary sprig