Blackberry Lemonade conjures visions of porch swinging on a hazy summer night, with crickets chirping and lightning bugs swirling around. The only way to give it even more Southern charm is to spike it with bourbon and serve it in a Mason jar, of course. This easy recipe demands fresh, plump and juicy blackberries, which get muddled in the shaker with fresh mint. Shake that with sweet bourbon, sour lemon juice and a little simple syrup to balance the drink’s tartness. Once you pour it into the Mason jar, top with effervescent soda water and garnish with a bouquet of fresh mint for aromatics, a skewer of blackberries and a lemon wheel for added color. The result tastes as vibrant as summer itself. Expect all of your friends to beg you for the recipe after you serve them up a pitcher.
- In the bottom of a shaker, muddle four fresh blackberries and two mint sprigs.
- Add bourbon, lemon juice and simple syrup to the shaker and fill with ice.
- Shake and strain into a Mason jar filled with fresh ice. If you don’t want any blackberry pulp, double strain—but we think the pulp tastes delicious.
- Garnish with a mint sprig, lemon wheel and skewer of three fresh blackberries.
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