Blackberry Ginger Syrup
2 cups of fresh blackberries
1 cup of water
3 tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger
1 cup sugar
another cup of water
In a pot, crush the blackberries with a potato masher or the back of a large spoon. Add the first cup of water and the ginger. Bring the mixture to a boil and boil for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and strain the berries through a fine mesh sieve. Pour the liquid into a large measuring cup. Add enough water (about 1 cup) to make 2 cups of liquid. Pour the liquid back into a pot and add 1 cup of sugar.
Bring to a broil and boil for 5 mins. Remove from the heat and allow to cool completely.
To make the coolers, mix about 1-2 oz. of syrup with either ginger ale or club soda in a glass with lots of ice and a couple whole blackberries.
Store the syrup in an airtight container in the fridge for a couple weeks.
I can’t get enough of ginger, it’s one of my favorite flavors. It’s bright, crisp and always refreshing. These pretty drinks could definitely be given a little grown-up kick with a splash of your favorite gin. I’m not stopping you. What are your favorite flavor combinations? Is this a series you’d like to see more of?