The Speckled Palate
May 25, 2016

Blackberry Gin Slush

Cool off with a Blackberry Gin Slush this summer! This cocktail mixes frozen blackberries with ginger ale, mint and gin and makes a delightful, chilled creation that’s hard to stop sipping.

Cool off with a Blackberry Gin Slush this summer! This cocktail mixes frozen blackberries with ginger ale, mint and gin and makes a delightful, chilled creation that is hard to stop sipping.

In my years of blogging — nearly five here, plus an additional few at a personal blog that was named after a comment my media ethics professor made about my handwriting — I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and connecting with so many different bloggers.

I’ve had the fortunate of meeting several blog friends throughout the years, and I hope to meet more of them in the future.

The bad thing about all of us connecting on the Internet means that more often than not, we can’t get together in person because we live in different cities. And that breaks my heart because there are so many people I want to hang out with on a regular basis. The only problem is they don’t live anywhere near me.

Cool off with a Blackberry Gin Slush this summer! This cocktail mixes frozen blackberries with ginger ale, mint and gin and makes a delightful, chilled creation that's hard to stop sipping.

So today, my pal Susannah and I have organized 50 of our blogger friends to create the Great Blogger BBQ. Our barbecue is a nod to the unofficial start of summer, which is this coming Monday. And it’s a potluck.

We’ve all brought different dishes to the par-tay. Some of us have made entrees, others desserts, a few appetizers, some sides and others, like me, have mixed beverages.

My beverage? It’s of the boozy variety.

“Surprise!” said no one.

Cool off with a Blackberry Gin Slush this summer! This cocktail mixes frozen blackberries with ginger ale, mint and gin and makes a delightful, chilled creation that's hard to stop sipping.

I wanted to make a drink for us to enjoy on a hot summer day. The temperature is rising in Texas, and it won’t be long before it’s scorching here.

My only caveat was that I wanted to create a light, flavorful drink that would keep us cool without knocking us on our butts. Because while I enjoy a good boozy drink as much as the next person, I’ve officially decided hangovers are for the birds. And by birds, I mean 21-year-olds testing their tolerance.

Cool off with a Blackberry Gin Slush this summer! This cocktail mixes frozen blackberries with ginger ale, mint and gin and makes a delightful, chilled creation that's hard to stop sipping.

This Blackberry Gin Slush recipe makes THREE drinks! It’s light on the booze, but heavy on the summertime flavors of mint and blackberry. And you can make it in your blender.

If that’s not an delightfully easy cocktail for a backyard barbecue, I don’t know what is.

Cool off with a Blackberry Gin Slush this summer! This cocktail mixes frozen blackberries with ginger ale, mint and gin and makes a delightful, chilled creation that is hard to stop sipping.

Now, let’s talk about the Great Blogger BBQ!

It’s almost barbecue season! In celebration, I’ve teamed up with my blog friends to bring you 50+ recipe ideas for hosting (or attending) a smashing summer shindig.

See all the recipes below!

50 recipes for the perfect summer get-together! Whether you are planning a barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party, check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to go with your BBQ! #greatbloggerBBQ

50 recipes for the perfect summer get-together! Whether you are planning a barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party, check out everything from appetizer recipes, entree recipes, cocktail recipes, dessert recipes, side dish recipes and more to go with your BBQ! #greatbloggerBBQ

Appetizers

Korean BBQ Tofu Sliders with Kimchi Slaw by Hello Little Home
Corn, Black Bean, and Feta Dip by Lizzy is Dizzy
Crab, Bacon & Guacamole Crostinis by That Square Plate

Cocktails and Drinks

Blackberry Gin Slush by The Speckled Palate
Homemade Lemonade by Winstead Wandering
Blood Orange Mocktail by Body Rebooted
Fleur Collins Cocktail by Hungry Girl por Vida
Fourth of July Sparkler by Mixplorology
Black Stripe Cold Rum Cocktail by Honey and Birch
Fresh Watermelon Mojito by Twin Stripe
Mint Hibiscus Lemonade by The Little Epicurean
Wine Slushy by Living Well Kitchen
Basil Gin Lemonade by Glisten and Grace

Entrées

Salt Plate Shrimp by The Mexitalian
Jamaican Jerk Chicken Burgers by Simple and Savory
Roasted Vegetable Grilled Pizza with Garlic Herb Oil by Ciao Chow Bambina
Memphis Style Pulled Pork by Two Places at Once
Balsamic & Honey Chicken Skewers with Strawberry-Kiwi Salsa by No Spoon Necessary
Amazing Basic Spice Rub for Grilling by An Oregon Cottage
Mediterranean Chicken Kebabs by PasadenaDaisy
Smoked Porchetta Pork Loin by Tasty Ever After
Pressure Cooker Pulled Pork by Appeasing a Food Geek
Peach Barbecue Sauce by The Beach House Kitchen
Tuna Stuffed Sweet Peppers by SugarLoveSpices
Herb Marinated Steak Gyros Plates with Tomato-Onion Salad and Green Tahini Sauce by Feed Me Phoebe
Marinated Skirt Steak with Sweet Corn and Cherry Salad by Domesticate ME!
Sweet & Sour Chicken Kebabs by Tastefully Frugal

Side Dishes

Caprese Pasta Salad by Club Narwhal
Cranberry Almond Broccoli Salad by Two Sisters Kitchens
Coconut Milk Mac & Cheese by A Little Gathering
Cherry Quinoa Salad by Food Lovin Family
Cheddar, Corn and Bacon Potato Salad by Family Food on the Table
Lemon Rocket Pasta Salad by Lauren Caris Cooks
Green Goddess Potato Salad by Love & Flour
Red White & Blue Watergate Salad by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Zesty Potato Skewers by Pamela Salzman
Quinoa Tabouli by A Fork’s Tale

Desserts

Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake by Feast + West
Strawberry Beer Floats by bethcakes
Cherry Cheesecake Dessert by The Little Blonde Baker
Light Berry Angel Food Cake by The Creative Bite
Lemon Cream Tarts with Berries by Girl Heart Food
Fresh Strawberry Muffins by Spiced
Lemon Pie Sundae by Flavours & Frosting
Strawberry Lemon Shortcakes by Dash of Herbs
Grasshopper Pie by 2 Cookin’ Mamas
Berry Mango Smoothie Pops by HÄLSA Nutrition
Mixed Berry Vanilla Bean Cake by Cake ‘n Knife
No Churn Cookies and Cream Strawberry Ice Cream by The Secret Ingredient Is
Coconut Blueberry & Vodka Ice Pops by Nik Snacks
Strawberry Key Lime Margarita Greek Yogurt Ice Pops by Beer Girl Cooks
Cherry & Rhubarb Tart by Crepes of Wrath

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Cool off with a Blackberry Gin Slush this summer! This cocktail mixes frozen blackberries with ginger ale, mint and gin and makes a delightful, chilled creation that's hard to stop sipping.
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Blackberry Gin Slush

Cool off with a Blackberry Gin Slush this summer! This cocktail mixes frozen blackberries with ginger ale, mint and gin and makes a delightful, chilled creation that's hard to stop sipping.
Course Drinks
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 3 cocktails
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Mint Simple Syrup

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 sprig mint (about 10 mint leaves)

Blackberry Gin Slush

  • 12 oz . ginger ale
  • 2 cups frozen blackberries
  • 2 oz . mint simple syrup
  • 3 oz . gin
  • 5 mint leaves

Instructions

Make the Mint Simple Syrup

  1. In a saucepan over high heat, pour in the water. Add the granulated sugar and sprig of mint.
  2. Bring the water to a simmer, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Take off the heat, and bring to room temperature.
  4. Remove the mint sprig.
  5. Store in the refrigerator in a mason jar or a plastic container until use.

Make the Blackberry Gin Slush

  1. In the blender, combine the ginger ale, frozen blackberries, mint simple syrup, gin and mint leaves.
  2. Blend until smooth and a slushy consistency.
  3. Serve immediately with a sprig of mint.

Recipe Notes

If you want the cocktails to be boozier, add 2-3 additional oz. of gin. I could taste the gin in these light drinks, but you can certainly add more if you desire!

 What are you cooking for Memorial Day weekend?

64 Comments

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    • Erin

      Grown up slushies, indeed, Alida! Cheers!

  8. Julia Mueller

    Can you IMAGINE if the blogger BBQ were real?! It’s be the tastiest, quirkiest event ever! Uggggh, I want to attend a 50-deep blogger BBQ like WHOA!

    These blackberry slushes look fabulous! The boyfriend and I will have to make them over the weekend fo sho!

  9. Nicoletta @sugarlovespices

    I wish we lived closer and meet in person! Anyway, all 50 recipes sound incredible, I feel so lucky to be part of this! Your blackberry gin slush looks super tasty, beautiful and refreshing. Love it! Gorgeous pictures!!

  10. Stephanie

    Ohhhh, it’s going to be hot here today….I’m going to need one or two of these 🙂

  11. Amy | Club Narwhal

    Erin, I am SO glad you organized this lovely BBQ party–it makes me want to get all my blog friends together in real life all the more 😉 This slush looks amazing and refreshing and I bet that simple syrup would be fabulous in lemonade!

  12. Kathryn @ Family Food on the Table

    Want, want, want this blackberry gin slush! Definitely a perfect cool-down cocktail for the summertime. And that gorgeous color?! Swoon! I might have to drink all 3 myself and make another batch for everyone else 😉 Pinned and cheers!
    And also, thank you for getting us all together for this delicious potluck! I just wish we could all meet at one huge backyard bash and share these in person! Have a wonderful Memorial Day 🙂

  13. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    Where to start? First, I want the drink. Then I want the glass. Finally, I want to know the name of your other blog named after your handwriting! Seriously….

  14. Susannah // Feast + West

    Girl, this is the most gorgeous cocktail and it just might change how I feel about gin. Maybe. So fun to work with you on this! xo

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  17. Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

    Thank you so much for your organizing gf! And holy crap does this look freaking amazing! I love all drinks of the boozy variety 😉 Happy #greatbloggerBBQ

  18. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    What a gorgeous drink! The colors are so pretty. And I’m in need of those glasses too. Beautiful pics! This drink sounds so refreshing and perfect for a summer bbq.

  19. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Girl, that is one beautiful cocktail! I need to add this to the list of new adventures to try and share during the holiday weekend!

  20. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen

    What an awesome little cocktail Erin! The perfect little cool down for those hot summer days! So glad I got to be part of the Great Blogger BBQ! Thanks so much for including me!

  21. Tonia Larson

    I’m so excited for summer and berry season! I need to try a virgin version!

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  24. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    The drink itself looks amazing, but I can’t take my eyes off those glasses!!!

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  28. Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss

    What an awesome roundup! I love that these can be made in the blender. Nothing is better than a cocktail that comes together with the flick of a switch 🙂 I can already see these in my future!

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  30. Christin@SpicySouthernKitchen

    It’s always a treat to get to hang out with other food bloggers. I’m lucky that I live near Susannah so I get to see her on occasion! The only thing that is better than hanging out with food bloggers is hanging out with food bloggers AND drinking a delicious cocktail. This one looks amazing! Will be trying it as soon as I get my hands on some fresh blackberries!

  31. Heather Seeley

    These look AHHHMAZING! I am loving the glasses you serve them in too. I will be trying these for the upcoming holiday weekend. Thank you for letting me join in the Blogger BBQ fun 🙂

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  37. Johlene Orton

    Thanks so much for the invite to be part of the great Blogger BBQ Erin! All these recipes look amazzzing, and I can´t wait to try your blackberry gin slush! YUM!!

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  39. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Wowza, this drink is GORGEOUS, Erin! The color is fabulous and I’m a huge fan of blackberries and gin! This is the perfect libation for celebrating the extended holiday weekend! Can’t wait to try this, girlfriend! Pinned!
    Thank you so much for putting together the Great Blogger BBQ!!! Such an honor to be included! Cheers to a fabulous Memorial day weekend!

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  41. Katie Crenshaw

    This is my kind of slushy!!!! I can’t wait to try this! I am having a girl’s weekend coming up and this will be perfect! Pinning now!

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