Friday, what took you so long? Pour me a drink, please.
The hubs is currently at a bachelor “party”. By “party” I mean excursion. By excursion I mean a five-day-vacation in Costa Rica. That leaves me to rodeo the three kiddos by myself for five days (yes, I like to think I’m a good wife too, thank you). I’d like to pretend that after only two days I haven’t already complained of how difficult it is to come home after a long day at work and manage these little rugrats, but I have. To any single mom out there, I salute you because I don’t think I could survive. But that’s what a good drink is for, right? 
I’ve been kicking myself for the amount of fresh fruit I’ve let go to waste recently. I finally got smart and starting freezing the excess or creatively incorporating it into snacks and drinks. I had a couple packages of blackberries sitting in the fridge so before letting them go to waste, I decided to make some Blackberry Simple Syrup (thank you Ashleigh for the simple syrup inspiration!). I love the idea of using a fresh fruit syrup to jazz up a drink (boozy or not). Plus the color of blackberries screams sweet summertime. Of course I paired my syrup with gin… sorry, I love it! I swear I’ll venture out with my next drink… This was the perfect little cocktail to end a long week and kickoff the weekend. I think I deserve it honestly. 
Blackberry Gin & Tonic
Yield: One Drink
Ingredients:
1 1/2 oz. gin (I used Bombay Saphire) 
1 oz. Blackberry Simple Syrup (recipe below)
1/2 oz. Freshly squeezed lime juice
2-3 oz. Tonic water
Blackberries, for garnish
Directions: 
Fill a glass with ice. Add gin, blackberry simple syrup, and lime juice. Stir. 
Top with tonic and garnish with fresh blackberries. 
Drink. Repeat.
Blackberry Simple Syrup 
Yield: Approx. one cup
Ingredients:
6 oz. Blackberries
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
Directions:
Combine ingredients into a small saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and simmer for approx. five minutes. Press the berries against the side of the pan to release the juices. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Refrigerate until ready to use.