We’re in mid-summer which means you still have time to indulge in the summer fruits and late-night soirées. The beauty about summer is that we get to spend the whole time partying, lounging, and having fun – and my personal favorite part about it is how we get to become mixologists. Wild Turkey American Honey has become my favorite staple for all of my drinks – because it brings this really sweet blend of beautiful layered fruits and flavors. You can learn more about Wild Turkey American Honey above – but below is a cocktail I recently experimented with that, if I may say so myself – might be winning me praise this summer.
Blackberry Bramble Cocktail
The Bramble is a drink invented by Dick Bradsell of Fred’s Club in London, circa 1984. It combines gin, sugar, lemon juice and blackberry liqueur in a simple, sippable drink. With the help of this recipe from Food 52 we are kicking it up a notch with fresh summer berries.
2 cups blackberries/raspberries/blueberries
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole cloves
6 ounces Wild Turkey American Honey
Juice of 2 lemons
2 ounces simple syrup
2-4 spoonfuls of macerated berries
Club soda or prosecco, to top it off
Place your berries in a small pot and add in the sugar, water, cinnamon, and cloves. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then simmer for 8 minutes, until the berries have softened and the sugar has dissolved.
In a cocktail shaker, combine your gin, lemon juice, and syrup. You can use some of the syrup from the berries, if you want a really fruity drink, or you can just use regular simple syrup.
Add ice to the top and shake well, for at least 10 seconds. Use a strainer to pour the cocktail into two ice filled glasses. Drop a spoonful or two of berries into the drink, add the club soda and add a straw or stirrer.