Blackberry Basil Infused Gin

For my birthday this year, I decided to run two double ingredient berry experiments- -a Blackberry Basil Infused Gin and a Cranberry Clove Infused one. BB CC Both JarsThe Blackberry was darker in color and sweeter. The Cranberry was more crimson, and the clove addition really hit the taste for which I was aiming.

Without any further ado, Part One:

Blackberry Basil Infused Gin

Ingredients:

  • 750 ml of gin
  • 15 oz of blackberries (They frequently come in 6 ounce square plastic packages. This leaves you 3 ounces in reserve for garnishes and any attrition due to bad ones.)
  • 1 cup of fresh basil leaves

Preparation:

Rinse berries, discarding any stems and spoiled ones. Fill a quart, airtight sealable jar halfway with them. Pour in your gin, seal the jar, and give it a firm shake to mix. Put the jar in a cabinet or another dark area at room temperature for four weeks, gently shaking everyday.

Four days before bottling, add the basil leaves. On bottling day, use a strainer set inside a fine mesh strainer or combine a strainer with cheese cloth inside a funnel to catch all the berry bits and expired basil leaves as you pour the finished infusion back into your bottle. If needed, rinse and shake out the strainer(s), funnel, and infusion jar. Repeat the straining back into the jar then the bottle.

I also ran this experiment without the basil and at only two weeks. I felt both times still had the same great blackberry taste (bottles doesn’t last long here), but the long infusion period had a higher liquor yield.

Blackberrypalooza!

Blackberrypalooza!

The following cocktails will be delicious with or without the basil inclusion.

Blackberry Brooklyn:

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz Blackberry Basil Infused Gin
  • 2 oz pear juice or nectar
  • 5 arugula leaves
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 thin slice of lemon and a blackberry for garnish

Preparation:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the arugula in a splash of the lemon juice. Add the rest and the other liquid ingredients. Shake well with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Skewer the thin lemon slice to the blackberry, perhaps adding another fresh arugula leaf, for garnish.

BB Brooklyn

This next one adapts a variation on a classic cocktail, substituting Grand Marnier for the lemon juice.

The Cadillac Bramble:

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ oz Blackberry Basil Infused Gin
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • ½ oz honey simple syrup
  • 1 orange slice and blackberries for garnish

Preparation:

In a mixing vessel, stir the Blackberry Basil Infused Gin, Grand Marnier, and the honey simple syrup. Pour over ice into an Old Fashioned glass and briefly stir again to chill. Garnish with a slice of orange and blackberries.

BB Cadillac Bramble

Part Two tomorrow.

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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. This post made me want to cry. I have such a great love for gin, and here you have found ways to make it more beautiful! I can’t wait until it’s blackberry season so I can make this happen!

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words.
    I’ve been seeing a lot of blackberry specials lately in Colorado. They can’t be local. If you have a Sprouts or other natural food market maybe you can get lucky.

  3. No Sprouts around here. I just can’t be asked spending the asking cost of blackberries, especially since we’re renting goats to get rid of our bushes of them! I can wait until summer 🙂
    Btw, I’m in Washington, we’re like State Siblings or something 🙂

  4. In many ways, Colorado and Washington state are. It seems like Washington seems to be the next step for many of my friends.


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