I made these recently. They might be bursting with summer flavors, but the deep reddish hue screams of fall/winter. Besides, you can make it with frozen blackberries and perhaps with a sprig of rosemary—or floating cranberries—it will look just like Christmas. For Halloween I made these in a large batch, put 1-2 drops of black food coloring to darken it—added licorice legs that hung over the martini’s edge—and it became the signature ‘Drunken Spider.’
Whether dressing these berries for summer, fall or winter—this is a great twist on the classic lemon drop.
Blackberry Lemon Drops
blackberry simple syrup: 1 cup blackberries, 1 cup sugar, 1 1/2 cups water
Triple Sec or Cointreau
Make simple syrup: combine berries (fresh or frozen), sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring just to simmer—dissolve sugar. Then off heat and let steep/cool.* Juice the lemons and pour into shaker these ratios: 1/3 c. lemon juice, 1/4 c. Cointreau, 1/2 c. Vodka and 2 T blackberry syrup. Shake/muddle with ice. Adjust to taste. Strain and serve in martini glass.