When the markets are overflowing with fresh fruits and vegetables and full of vibrant colors this time of year, I'm always drawn to the deep, dark hue of blackberries. They feel like the mysterious, moody fruit in a gang of do-gooders. After bringing home a basket of those little rebels, I decided it was time to escape from the heat and whip up a cocktail.
The sharp, tart flavor of a classic gin and tonic is a perfect pairing for ripe blackberries. I muddled some of the berries, adding a little simple syrup to round off the drink with a little sweetness. The resulting cocktail is a lush, deep red color that keeps a sense of mystery—it looks intense, but instead is rather refreshing. It's the kind of drink that would stand out in a crowd.
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About the author: Kelly Carámbula blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, including a weekly happy hour at The Best Remedy. She is also the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food magazine.