Although you may occasionally run across a sweet one, for the most part, blackberry cocktails are tart, fruity, tangy, and vibrant.
So if you’re the kind of person who prefers your drinks a bit on the sour side, these delightful cocktails may be the ideal option for you.
Despite their deep, rich colors, their tastes are usually light and bright, making them the perfect drink for the spring and summer months.
They’re also easy to make and lovely to look at, so you can serve them for both casual occasions and more formal ones.
Now, without further ado, let’s get to the ten best blackberry cocktails I know!
1. Blackberry Mojito
It’s hard to beat the vibrant red color and tart, fruity and minty taste of a blackberry mojito.
It simply takes the traditional mojito recipe and basically adds blackberries.
Surprisingly, that one simple addition makes all the difference, taking the drink from yummy to unbelievably delicious.
It takes 5 minutes to make, and all you’ll need is white rum, club soda, lime juice, mint leaves, blackberries, simple syrup, and plenty of ice to set off the flavor.
(It just isn’t the same served warm.)
2. Blackberry Sangria
If you’re looking for a spooky cocktail for Halloween, blackberry sangria is an excellent option.
It has a deep, rich purple hue that’s almost black, and the garnishes of blackberries and mint leaves make it look almost like a magical potion from the darkest moment of a fairytale.
It’s easy to make and will take you only 15 minutes to whip up an entire pitcher.
Between the blackberries, sugar, orange brandy, red wine, and soda water, there’s a lot of flavor there, too.
This gorgeous drink will put you under its spell in no time.
3. Blackberry Rambler
This pulpy, 3-minute drink is tangy! It combines three extremely potent fruits – blackberries, lemon (juice), and oranges (bitters and juice) – for one explosive combination.
The bourbon adds undertones of rich, caramel-like sweetness, and the simple syrup helps keep the whole thing from being too tart to drink.
Still, don’t be surprised if sipping this colorful cocktail makes your eye twitch and your mouth pucker just a little.
4. Blackberry Gin Slush
If you loved blackberry slushies or snow cones as a child, then you’ll be crazy about this adult version of the same drink.
All you’ll need to make it is ginger ale, frozen blackberries, mint simple syrup (water, mint, and sugar), gin, and some mint leaves.
It has a sweet, tart, almost candied taste that gives you the same flavor as the slushies you enjoyed when you were a kid.
The only difference, of course, is the gin.
The recipe calls for three ounces, which is enough to taste through the fruity decadence of the cocktail, so feel free to drop it down to two if you prefer a milder alcohol flavor.
5. Blackberry Bourbon Smash
This bright-colored, fruit-muddled drink is a lot like the blackberry mojito above; only, for this one, you’ll use bourbon whiskey instead of white rum.
Otherwise, the two drinks are practically identical.
Thanks to the substitution of bourbon, though, the taste is a little darker and earthier. There’s even a hint of smoky woodsiness.
To me, it hits a little stronger, too, but then, whiskey always gets me tipsy faster than any other liquor, so that might not apply to you.
6. Blackberry Lemon Smash
Here’s another excellent option for those of you who prefer your drinks to be a little on the sour side.
Between the blackberries and fresh lemon juice, that’s precisely what this drink is.
You’ll also add simple syrup, white rum, and ice, but none of those ingredients does much to tone down the tartness of this lovely, ruby-red drink.
It’s very citrusy, but you’ll get plenty of blackberry flavor, as well. The cocktail is best when served cold and is ideal for hot summer days by the pool.
7. Jelly Bean Shot
This bright, multi-colored drink is incredibly sweet, packs a powerful punch, and is super simple to make.
You’ll need about 5 minutes and only three ingredients – blue Curacao, blackberry brandy, and pineapple juice.
You can also add real jelly beans if you want.
If you enjoy shots that truly taste like candy, these are the ones for you.
8. Blackberry Moscow Mule
This 10-minute drink is cold, lovely, and refreshing. It’s minty and gingery, and the blackberries combine with both flavors for a final drink that’s out of this world.
It’s a little pulpy and icy, which is nice if you like some texture to your mixed drinks, and the alcohol flavor is relatively mild.
Pro Tip: If you want a slightly sweeter drink, substitute ginger ale for the ginger beer.
9. Blackberry Vodka Lemonade
There aren’t many fruits that you can’t mix with lemonade, and blackberries are no exception.
In fact, blackberry lemonade is one of the most fantastic lemonade options, with or without the vodka.
This light, bright red, and bubbly drink is exceptionally refreshing and maintains the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.
It has the precise amount of sugar and the precise amount of vodka, meaning neither flavor comes through too strongly.
If you’re serving these at a party or gathering, be sure you make enough, though.
They seem to disappear off the table with an almost supernatural speed.
10. Blackberry Tom Collins
When a drink has been around for years, it’s usually because it’s getting something right.
And the Tom Collins has been around a long time (at least since the late-1800s).
This version of the popular drink substitutes lime juice for lemon juice, retains the gin, sugar, and club soda, and adds three large muddled blackberries.
It keeps its traditional zesty, citrusy gin flavor, but you also get to enjoy the bright taste of fresh blackberry juice.
As you can imagine, it’s a pretty tart drink, but I find tart drinks to be the best drinks, particularly when the weather is hot outside.
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