By the end of September 2012 I was starting to get a reputation both with the family I was living with and with my Facebook friends for making fun and interesting cocktails. I didn’t have a lot of other stuff going on in Savannah at that time, so I really got into it! I kept Pinning, researching, and testing drink recipes.
I was traveling quite a bit at this point as well, and people that I stayed with and visited started to expect that I would bring my drink recipe book and entertain with some cocktails. I liked having a variety of recipes so I could look at what my friends/hosts had on hand and whip something up, but sometimes I would show up with a cocktail in mind and key ingredients in hand.
Compiling all of these recipes involved testing some of them out first (both to get a feel for the flavors and practice mixing different types of drinks), so I would sometimes do homework.
The blackberries in the above photo were purchased specifically to try a recipe I had come across on Pinterest for Blackberry-Lemon Gin & Tonics. They looked so delicious and refreshing (and it’s still HOT in Savannah in the end of September!) so I just had to put them in the rotation. Which meant testing them out.
This recipe was posted on Pinterest by Spoon Fork Bacon (link to website here), and I made it on September 28, 2012.
Blackberry-Lemon Gin & Tonics
5 mint leaves
juice of 1/2 a Meyer lemon
1 tablespoon simple syrup
2 ounces gin
Put blackberries, mint leaves, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a highball glass and muddle together. Fill glass with ice, add the gin, then top with tonic water. Stir and serve.
These were delicious! I definitely need to remember to make these again, and I definitely recommend them. Cheers!