It is screaming hot outside and, for those of us who don't have the option of bobbing around in a pool or ocean all day (so....all of us, probably), we need to figure out as many ways as possible to keep our cool. The good news is that with summer heat comes sweet, juicy summer berries. Here are 3 drink recipes that put blackberries to good use.
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Sometimes when I read about big city bars, I get a little jealous. Part of what inspired me to learn to mix a good drink is that most of the bars within walking distance of my house have deer heads mounted on the wall and bartenders who get a little confused if your cocktail isn't a Rum & Coke, Gin & Tonic, or other drink whose name is its ingredients. But then I make a batch of DIY blackberry liqueur with fresh berries, I mix myself a Bramble, and all envy dissipates.
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.