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
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
Fill a glass with ice. Add gin, blackberry simple syrup, and lime juice. Stir.
Top with tonic and garnish with fresh blackberries.
Blackberry Simple Syrup
Yield: Approx. one cup
6 oz. Blackberries
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. sugar