Sometimes after heavy cocktails, I just crave something light and sweet. This Blackberry Tea Mocktail is the perfect mocktail (or cocktail!!) or you! Not only is this drink light and tasty, it has health benefits, too! Win, win!Jump to Recipe
Blackberries and Cocktails
Blackberries have a delicious flavor profile that balances sweetness and tartness. When fully ripe, they are sweet, juicy, and slightly tangy. Their versatility makes them popular in a variety dishes, from desserts to cocktails. The subtle earthy undertones add depth to their overall profile, and blackberries’ succulent texture enhances their appeal. Whether enjoyed on their own or incorporated into dishes, blackberries contribute a delightful combination of flavors, making them a versatile and sought-after ingredient.
As for cocktails, here are some suggestions on how to incorporate more blackberries into your drinks!
- Blackberry Mojito:
- Muddle fresh blackberries with mint leaves, lime juice, and simple syrup in a glass.
- Add white rum and ice, then top with club soda for a refreshing Blackberry Mojito.
- Blackberry Margarita:
- Blend blackberries with tequila, triple sec, lime juice, and ice for a fruity twist on the classic margarita.
- Rim the glass with salt or sugar for an extra touch.
- Blackberry Bramble:
- Combine gin, blackberry liqueur, and fresh lemon juice in a shaker with ice.
- Strain into a glass filled with crushed ice and garnish with fresh blackberries.
- Blackberry Smash:
- Muddle blackberries with bourbon, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
- Shake well with ice, then strain into a glass with fresh ice.
- Blackberry Martini:
- Shake blackberry puree or muddled blackberries with vodka and a splash of simple syrup.
- Strain into a martini glass for a sophisticated blackberry-flavored cocktail.
- Blackberry Gin Fizz:
- Mix gin, blackberry syrup, and lemon juice in a shaker with ice.
- Strain into a highball glass and top with club soda for a fizzy delight.
- Blackberry Sangria:
- Combine red wine, brandy, blackberry liqueur, sliced fruits, and blackberries in a pitcher.
- Let it chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving.
- Blackberry Paloma:
- Muddle blackberries in a glass, add tequila, grapefruit juice, and a splash of soda.
- Garnish with a slice of grapefruit for a refreshing Paloma variation.
Blackberry Health Benefits
Blackberries aren’t just a tasty fruit to pair with your breakfast, they are packed with vitamins and other benefits!
Blackberries are not only delicious but also offer several health benefits due to their nutritional content. Here are some of the potential health benefits of blackberries:
- Rich in Antioxidants: Blackberries are packed with antioxidants, including anthocyanins, which can help protect cells from oxidative stress and inflammation.
- Vitamin C Content: Blackberries are a good source of vitamin C, which is essential for immune function, collagen formation, and overall skin health.
- Vitamin K: Blackberries contain vitamin K, contributing to bone health and blood clotting.
- Low in Calories and Fat: Blackberries are relatively low in calories and fat, making them a nutritious snack option for those watching their calorie intake.
- Heart Health: The fiber, potassium, and anthocyanins in blackberries may contribute to heart health by helping to regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Blackberry Food Pairings
Blackberries are often in found in parfaits, bread pudding, french toast bakes, and other sweet desserts and breakfast items!
Cheese goes really well with blackberries! Ever had blackberries and goat cheese?? I believe everything goes with goat cheese, but blackberries and goat cheese have a special place in my heart! Try this recipe for your next appetizer!
Blackberries also go well with pork! Pair your savory pork with this delicious blackberry and balsamic glaze for your next weeknight dinner!
Blackberry Tea Mocktail (or Cocktail!)
Now, the star of the show: The Blackberry Tea Mocktail! There are TONS of health benefits from consuming more mocktails into your adult-beverage routine. If you’d like to learn what those are, take a look a this blog all about mocktails.
You can easily turn this mocktail into a cocktail by adding 1.5 oz of your favorite spirit. I suggest bourbon and a splash of Chambord! Vodka will also pair well- even gin! Give both a try and see which is your favorite!
We chose to smoke this with our Lemon Peel Smoke Dust to really bring out those citrus flavors of the drink!
- 1 Mug & Hot water for tea
- 1 Cocktail Shaker & Strainer
- 1 Muddler
- 1 Smokeshow Cocktail Smoker
- 1 Butane Kitchen Torch
- 5-6 muddled blackberries
- 1 oz freshly squeezed orange juice
- 3 oz blackberry tea cooled
- 1/2 oz vanilla extract
- ginger beer to top
Garnish & Smoke
- 1 pinch Lemon Peel Smoke Dust
- 1 orange slice
- Prep blackberry tea with hot water in a heat-safe mug. Let cool.
- Muddle blackberries with vanilla extract and orange juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.
- Add cooled tea and shake with ice.
- Strain into a glass over ice.
Garnish & Smoke
- Add smoker on top of the glass with smoke dust in the basket, smoke, remove smoker to top with ginger beer as smoke billows out. Garnish and enjoy!