Blackberry is the sophisticated and underutilized relative of the raspberry. Dark and sweet but tarter than red berries, blackberry mixes well with any liquor from vodka to whiskey.
It pairs startlingly well with citrus and spice and can handle more added sweetness than other berries. Fresh blackberries make an unexpected and refreshing summer cocktail.
However, with blackberry liqueur and blackberry brandy, you can add something special to the warmth of a fall or winter cocktail.
Check out the recipes below for the best blackberry cocktails.
Blackberry Bourbon Smash
The Blackberry Bourbon Smash is just as perfect for a wintery day by the fire as it is for a summer day by the pool. Use fresh or frozen blueberries and an aged bourbon with a deep flavor and full body for a complex tasting but simple to prepare any season cocktail.
Blackberry Thyme Margaritas
Blackberry is a versatile berry that pairs well with herbs. The thyme, tequila, and lime add a citrusy, bright flavor to the refreshing Blackberry Thyme Margarita.
Blackberry simple syrup adds to the prep time, making this recipe a touch more difficult. The syrup, however, is well worth the effort and can be made up to a month ahead of time for an upcoming event.
Fresh Blackberry Mojito
Blackberry and mint are another match made in cocktail heaven. Muddle the blackberries and mint in sugar to release all the beautiful colors and flavors. Add your favorite rum, shakes, and strain, and serve.
The Fresh Blackberry Mojito makes about three servings and is a perfect summer cocktail to use up some of the blackberries from your farmer’s market haul.
Blackberry Pineapple Rum Cocktail
When you think of tropical fruit, does blackberry ever cross your mind? Well, it will now! Whip up this punch bowl delight for your next party using a warm, dark rum.
Even with the homemade blackberry syrup, orange liqueur, and pineapple juice, it is more refreshing than sweet and will send your taste buds on an island vacation.
Blackberry Bramble Cocktail
The Blackberry Bramble features fresh blackberries, gin, lemon juice, and a trickle of Creme de Mure that makes a beautiful swirl through the drink as you pour it in to finish the cocktail.
This single-serving cocktail is quick and simple to make, making it ideal for winding down after work. You can also easily double it for a romantic candle-lit dinner.
Blackberry Prosecco Spritzer Cocktail
The best cocktails are not only delicious but gorgeous to behold. This refreshing gin spritzer’s layers of purple and lavender will impress and dazzle.
This excellent celebratory or brunch cocktail is made from gin, simple syrup, blackberries, and champagne or prosecco. The Blackberry Processo Spritzer also adapts well to a refreshing non-alcoholic drink version.
Blackberry Vodka Gimlet
The Blackberry Vodka Gimlet shakes things up using your favorite vodka instead of gin.
This recipe doesn’t require many ingredients, only sugar, water, blackberries, vodka, and lime juice. While you have to prepare simple syrup, it is relatively straightforward, and the rest of this delightful gimlet is a snap and makes a great last-minute cocktail for unexpected company.
Rosemary Blackberry Limonata
Blackberry is stunning with citrus and herbs that cannot be overstated. The Rosemary Blackberry Limonata takes the berry to new places with a rosemary-scented blackberry simple syrup. This is a vodka recipe, but it would also be amazing with the added herbal notes of gin. If fizzy limonata isn’t your thing, try it with lemonade.
Blackberry Sunset Whiskey Sour
Try this elegant cocktail witty your favorite nutty bourbon. The Blackberry Sunset Whiskey Sour also features blackberry liquor, lemon juice, blackberry simple syrup, and walnut bitters. For an extra indulgent experience, shake with egg white or aquafaba for a rich foam. The subtle sweetness mingles well with the depth of a good whiskey and the comfort of good company.
Blackberry Tom Collins Cocktail
This sassy take on the classic Tom Collins features gin, fresh blackberries, sugar, mint, lemon, and club soda. Sophisticated and simple, the Tom Collins with blackberry flavor uses a muddler, shaker, and strainer, in just a few simple steps to perfection. Enjoy this one while watching the sunset on a warm summer night.
Spicy Jalapeño Blackberry Vodka Cocktail
This adventurous cocktail is perfect for when you want to add a little spice to your life. Prepare the jalapeno and blackberry simple syrup ahead of time, and then combine with vodka, blackberry, fresh lime juice, mint, ice, and club soda. Try shaking a couple up for your next Taco Tuesday.
The Irish Blackberry Cocktail
The Irish Blackberry cocktail is a flirty way to have fun with your favorite Irish whiskey. Use fresh or thawed frozen blackberries. The drink only takes a few steps to put together. The crowning glory is a spoonful of honey creams dolloped on top. This cocktail is warm and fruity and is perfect for a cozy night in.
Bourbon Blackberry Collins
This one-serving recipe is easy; if you make your simple syrup ahead of time, it’s quick too. With only a few ingredients, the Bourbon Blackberry Collins pairs blackberry with lemon, bringing out the tart berry’s sweetness and complexity. This makes a great, elevated summer porch sipper.
Blackberry Black Dog Cocktail
Blackberry is often overlooked, which doesn’t make sense because it belongs everywhere. This Blackberry Black Dog cocktail is a berry spin on the Greyhound. It combines muddled blackberries with simple syrup, vodka, and grapefruit juice. Served in a sugar-rimmed glass, this one will have you puckering and licking your lips.
Blackberry Lemon Smash Cocktail
The Blackberry Lemon Smash Cocktail pairs blackberries and its best friend, lemon, with white rum, for a cocktail that lets the subtleties and nuances of the fruit shine through. This ultra-refreshing and bright cocktail will add extra sunshine to your summer celebrations.
Blackberry is a sweet but tart, simple but complex berry flavor that goes well with herbs, citrus, other berries, and literally any kind of liquor you feel like splashing into it.
If you haven’t experimented with blackberry yet, now’s the time. Leave a comment below and let us know all about your favorite blackberry cocktail ideas.
15 Blackberry Cocktails Recipe Ideas
- Blackberry Bourbon Smash
- Blackberry Thyme Margaritas
- Fresh Blackberry Mojito
- Blackberry Pineapple Rum Cocktail
- Blackberry Bramble Cocktail
- Blackberry Prosecco Spritzer Cocktail
- Blackberry Vodka Gimlet
- Rosemary Blackberry Limonata
- Blackberry Sunset Whiskey Sour
- Blackberry Tom Collins Cocktail
- Spicy Jalapeño Blackberry Vodka Cocktail
- The Irish Blackberry Cocktail
- Bourbon Blackberry Collins
- Blackberry Black Dog Cocktail
- Blackberry Lemon Smash Cocktail
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