Learn how to muddle ingredients and create this blackberry gin and tonic with our tips and printable recipe card.
This muddled blackberry gin & tonic is a refreshing twist, on a classic cocktail. Blackberry season falls between July and August within the United States, making this a must-add recipe to your summer entertaining lists. I love how simple it is to create, and that it uses fresh, easy to find ingredients.
The secret to this summer gin and tonic recipe is muddled blackberries. So, what exactly is muddling? And, how do you do it correctly?
How to Muddle an Ingredient
Whenever a recipe calls for muddling an ingredient, it is referring to the process of crushing an ingredient to release its natural flavors. However, there is a little more to the process than simply smashing the fruit or herbs!
For the best results, choose a sturdy mixing glass that won’t break during the process. Next, choose a gentle muddling tool. Some of my favorites are flat, wooden tools. Next, place your ingredients into the sturdy mixing glass and press and twist gently to release the flavors. Complete this twisting process two to three times for the best results. With this tip in mind, keep scrolling for more stunning photos and the complete blackberry gin and tonic recipe.
Mint is the recommended garnish for this summer cocktail! Have you ever wondered why cocktails are garnished with herbs? Garnishes aren’t merely decorative, they offer an aromatic impact to beverages. To gain the best flavor from your mint garnish, give it a little whack before adding it. Yes, I said, give it a whack!! This process intensifies the herb’s flavor profile. Simply smack it once while it rests on your cutting board, before adding it to your cocktail! I promise that you won’t be disappointed!
Muddled Blackberry Gin and Tonic
Serving Size: 1
- 1½ oz gin
- 5 blackberries
- Juice of a lime wedge
- Crushed Ice
- Sprig of Mint
- Muddle 2 blackberries in the bottom of a glass.
- Top with crushed ice or ice cubes.
- Add gin and lime juice, then stir to combine.
- Top with whole blackberries and garnish with mint.
- Serve Immediately.
Voila! You have now created the perfect, refreshing summer cocktail! For more cocktail recipes, be sure to browse our blog archives.