Blackberry Ginger Sours

tonight's cocktail

I probably shouldn't drink & blog but I HAFTA tell you that these are SCRUMPTIOUS before I forget!  Imagine me saying the word SCRUMPTIOUS with the biggest slur! I'm totally at the slurring stage. SHUT UP!! Don't make fun of me. I had a gin & tonic on Friday with my neighbor. Gin...a libation that I've hated ever since I started my career in drinking.  I couldn't turn away a drink that my neighbor mixed, so I drank it and was pleasantly surprised.  The best part about drinking the gin & tonic was how it took the sharp edge off my day. In the past, when I had a sip of gin, all I could taste was pine trees.  Now I realize that it really depends what it's mixed with! Suddenly I like it and am not reminded of Santa and Christmas. Ho ho ho.

I decided to make us some fancy drinks with gin today! Blackberry Ginger Sours! They aren't super super sweet. They aren't super sour. They are a perfect balance of adultness with a little bit of fun. Half way through my first drink, I started to feel wonderfully buzzed. It was like I had a nice fuzzy blanket all around me. Yes, I am talking about my buzz. It was glorious. What a nice way to get to my happy place!  Oh and wow! I forgot how yummy blackberries are. I can't remember the last time I had one. When I was a kid? I am so glad they are on my radar again.

Ok that's enough. I don't think I'm making sense here. Bottom line=You should make this.

Get your syrup started. It will need a little chilling time when done cooking. Prepare yourself.

Blackberries, ginger, sugar and water go into a saucepan. It boils and then it simmers.


You need to juice some lemons. A half cup's worth. That was like 3 1/2 lemons for me.

mess inside

Then you take that berry syrup and you put it through a fine mesh strainer.


It looks like this when finished!

blackberry ginger syrup

Gather your mixing ingredients.


Put the gin, lemon juice, blackberry syrup in a pitcher with some ice. Stir it up!

lemon, blackberry syrup and gin!

Pour some of the mixed drink in a cup with ice and top it with some sparkly water!

top it off with bubbley waters

Garnish with a few blackberries (that will probably sink) lemon and mint!

garnish party

One for you and me.

one for me and queso

There's enough for us to have two big drinks. Now...what are we gonna munch on? Drinking makes me ravenous.

Blackberry Ginger Sours

(recipe from Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine)

  • 1 cup blackberries, plus more for garnish
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • One 1 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup gin
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus lemon slices for garnish
  • Ice
  • One 12 oz. can club soda
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup blackberries, sugar, ginger and 1/4 cup water to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Lower the heat and simmer for 4 minutes. Let cool, then strain, discarding the solids.

2. In a large pitcher, combine the gin, lemon juice and blackberry-ginger syrup. Fill the pitcher with ice and stir vigorously, Fill 6 tall glasses with ice, Pour the chilled liquid into the glasses, holding back the melted ice in the pitcher. Top each drink with the club soda, then garnish with fresh blackberries, a lemon slice and mint.

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  • May 16, 2010

    Yum! Reminds me of some blackberry salty dogs I made once with a friend: lime juice, blackberry juice, a bit of simple syrup, vodka, fizzy water and salt rims. Yum! But I could go for this and some good ol' patio slurring too :)

    • May 17, 2010

      oooh i like that idea! salt rims intrigue me!!! I wanna patio slur with you!

  • May 17, 2010

    These look delicious! Yesterday I made a cocktail with Jose Cuervo and mango lemonade, yum!

  • yum! I'm in.

    • May 17, 2010

      sweet! what are we gonna snack on?!

  • P
    May 17, 2010

    This sounds awesome. I, too, have recently discovered that I really like gin. (Thanks to a delicious lemon-y Tom Collins) Have to try this recipe.

  • May 17, 2010

    Up here in Canada we are celebrating Queen Victoria's birthday with a long weekend this weekend (yeah a benefit of being a constitutional monarchy!) and I am making these and your shrimp tacos.

    Thank you so much for the lovely recipes and photos - a new post on your site makes my day!

    • May 17, 2010

      ooh delightful! I wanna see pics! Happy holiday for you! Thanks much :)

  • May 17, 2010

    I would definitely be slurring too. This looks so mouth watering. Nice idea.

  • May 17, 2010

    O to the M to the G. I'm making these tomorrow!

  • May 17, 2010

    Oh yeah. I can't wait to drink with you. When is that going to happen? I used to hate gin too but have new found respect for it after falling in love with French 75's. Ever had one of those? Dee-lish.

  • May 20, 2010

    okay lady, here's a secret about gin - get rid of the tanqueray & go get yourself some hendrick's gin. sapphire is okay, it's my second choice, but hendrick's is really smooth & really nice. i equate tanqueray and other not so hot gins to a medicinal in a bad way taste; hendrick's is herbally in a good, good way :) try it and let me know!

    • May 20, 2010

      my hubby LOVES hendricks! I just was going on the cheap so.... He also loves Tanqueray 10...but we didn't have any of that around. Good to know- that's next up! xo

  • May 21, 2010

    i wanna be drinking! ...with ewe.

    • May 23, 2010

      that would be the ultimate....

  • May 24, 2010

    this looks amazing!

    (i'm also in love with the font you used for "sour", where can i find it??)

  • January 27, 2011

    Nice blog, congratulation, so keep at it.
    Thank you!


  • May 17, 2012

    Shut yo mouth. I have all of these ingredients in my kitchen right now! Be right back... gotta go get my blackberry slur on.

  • This just might be the recipe that finally gets me to start liking gin (fingers crossed!). I'm usually a scotch drinker, but it doesn't mix well with pretty fruits and garnishes (and in the summer pretty fruits and garnishes are a necessity!)

    • Tracy
      May 18, 2012

      crossing fingers for you!!!!!

  • Hannah
    September 3, 2012

    I don't just want, I need me one of these!

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