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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Blackberry Gin Slush Essentials
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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.
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 (recipe above)
- 3 oz. gin
- 5 mint leaves
Make the Mint Simple Syrup
- In a saucepan over high heat, pour in the water. Add the granulated sugar and sprig of mint.
- Bring the water to a simmer, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
- Take off the heat, and bring to room temperature.
- Remove the mint sprig.
- Store in the refrigerator in a mason jar or a plastic container until use.
Make the Blackberry Gin Slush
- In the blender, combine the ginger ale, frozen blackberries, mint simple syrup, gin and mint leaves.
- Blend until smooth and a slushy consistency.
- Serve immediately with a sprig of mint.
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!
Serving Size:1 drink
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 684Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 157gFiber: 6gSugar: 144gProtein: 2g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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