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.

Three Blackberry Gin Slushes with blackberry and mint garnish

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.

Overhead view of Blackberry Gin Slush in three glasses with garnish

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    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.

    Close up of Blackberry Gin Slush in glass with mint garnish

    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.

    Three glasses of blackberry gin slushes with mint and berry garnish

    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.

    A Blackberry Gin Slush, garnished with a mint leaf, sits on a white platter.

    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!

    Glasses of blackberry gin slushes garnished with mint and berry

    Blackberry Gin Slush Essentials

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    Three Blackberry Gin Slushes with blackberry and mint garnish

    Blackberry Gin Slush

    Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate
    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.
    4.62 from 13 votes
    Servings 3 cocktails
    Calories 684 kcal
    Prep Time 5 minutes
    Cook Time 7 minutes
    Total Time 12 minutes

    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 recipe above
    • 3 oz. gin
    • 5 mint leaves

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    Instructions
     

    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.

    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!

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1drinkCalories: 684kcalCarbohydrates: 157gProtein: 2gFat: 1gSodium: 28mgFiber: 6gSugar: 144g
    Keyword blackberry cocktail, cocktails, drinks, easy frozen drink, frozen cocktail, gin cocktail, July 4 drink, summer cocktail, summer drink
    Course Drinks & Cocktails
    Cuisine American
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    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

    Homemade Lemonade by Winstead Wandering
    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

    Balsamic & Honey Chicken Skewers with Strawberry-Kiwi Salsa by No Spoon Necessary
    Amazing Basic Spice Rub for Grilling by An Oregon Cottage
    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
    Sweet & Sour Chicken Kebabs by Tastefully Frugal

    Side Dishes

    Coconut Milk Mac & Cheese by A Little Gathering
    Cheddar, Corn and Bacon Potato Salad by Family Food on the Table
    Lemon Rocket Pasta Salad by Lauren Caris Cooks
    Quinoa Tabouli by A Fork’s Tale

    Desserts

    Banana Pudding Ice Cream Cake by Feast + West
    Strawberry Beer Floats by bethcakes
    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
    Mixed Berry Vanilla Bean Cake by Cake ‘n Knife
    Coconut Blueberry & Vodka Ice Pops by Nik Snacks
    Strawberry Key Lime Margarita Greek Yogurt Ice Pops by Beer Girl Cooks

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    About the Author:

    Erin Parker is a Southern gal living in Texas with her husband and two daughters. She started The Speckled Palate to share what she was cooking as a newlywed… and over the years, it’s evolved to capture her love for hosting. Specifically, the EASIEST, lowest key entertaining because everyone deserves to see their people and connect over good food. Learn more about her

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    30 Comments

    1. 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!

    2. Whaaaaaat – blackberries, gin, and mint are three of my favorite things about summer. Yes, please!

    3. 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!

    4. This is my kind of drink! Booze and fruits make for the best combo in the summertime. And happy blog anniversary 🙂

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