Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Angela’s drink
When I was working, I was one of the early birds. I’d get into work about 6:30 so I could leave around 3. It was tough at times getting in that early, but I really enjoyed having the afternoons to work on things when I get home. Well, there weren’t that many of us that got in early so we got to know each other. My coworker Angela was another “early bird”. We’d chat about work, but also about our weekend and of course food. Angela is also a baker so we would swap notes about cakes. We’d also swap cocktail recipes. She told me about this one and I’ve been waiting to try it when blackberries were back in season. It combines blackberries and elderflower liqueur for something really special!
Let’s get to it!
Start by filling a shaker halfway with ice and add the blackberries. If your berries are tart, add some superfine sugar.
Muddle until the berries are crushed.
Now add the vodka and elderflower liqueur. The most common brand of elderflower liqueur is Ste. Germain and you should be able to find it anywhere you buy spirits. I was actually able to find it in the mini bottle size at Total Wines. I always like this option for something I haven’t tried before so I don’t waste my money. The mini section is always fun to check out, you never know what you’ll find! There was also more than one brand, ranging from $2 to $5 for a mini bottle (the larger bottles are $18-$30).
Pop the top on the shaker and shake, shake, shake. Pour through a small strainer into a martini glass.
Garnish with a sugared blackberry and enjoy! This drink is a beautiful shade of purple from the blackberries. The elderflower adds a slightly herby flavor that just works with the sweet berries.
Thanks Angela for sharing this with me. It’s definitely a drink I will now enjoy every year around blackberry season. 🙂
- handful of fresh blackberries
- 1 ounce vodka
- 1 ounce Ste. Germaine
- 1 teaspoon superfine sugar (optional)
- Fill a shaker halfway with ice and add the blackberries. If the berries are tart, add some superfine sugar. Muddle until the berries are crushed.
- Add the vodka and elderflower liqueur and pop on the top. Shake.
- Pour through a small strainer into a martini glass.
- Garnish with a sugared blackberry and enjoy!