Cocktail: Black(berry) Love

garnishing cocktail

Many things are calling for celebration this month – Black history month, Valentine’s day, and many other exciting things in the works (stay tuned!). This cocktail recipe is one of those that I make all the time, but have never thought to post about. That’s changed, because I made one for a friend recently and her response was “tell me how to make one, because I need 10 more.”

Like most of my drink recipes, this one is relatively low-stress. There’s a little bit of a time investment in making the hibiscus syrup that serves as the foundation – but make a big batch and it’ll last you a LONG time. If you’d rather not make your own any simple syrup will do, but trust me you’ll be missing the magic of the drink!

What you’ll need:

  • 8-10 blackberries
  • 2 cups cold water
  • 2 oz hibiscus syrup (find out how to make this here)
  • 3 oz dark rum

*makes 2 glasses

The How-to:

step one: Add 4 or 5 blackberries in a glass with a 1 cup of water and muddle till as pureed as possible. If you’re not a fan of bits in your drink – you may want to strain before the next step.

step two: Add 1 oz of hibiscus syrup to glass, stir well and top with ice.

step three: Add 1.5 oz (1 shot) of rum and stir.

step four: Garnish with extra blackberries and serve.

Now you have no excuse. Treat someone special this Valentine’s Day with a cocktail that’s really amazing. Or sneak a glass in with you when you go and see Black Panther, you rebel.

Happy Day of Love!



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