Fresh mint, blackberries and cucumber make this cocktail a summer delight. Garnish the cocktail glasses with cucumber, blackberries, lime wedges, and mint sprigs. You can use gin or vodka-whichever pleases you and your guests. This recipe makes five cups.
Blackberry Gin Cocktail
1 (0.75-oz.) package fresh mint sprigs
12 (1/4-inch-thick) cucumber slices
2 (6-oz.) packages fresh blackberries
3/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 3 limes)
8 to 12 tsp. turbinado sugar*
1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. gin
1 cup cold club soda
Garnishes: cucumber slices, fresh blackberries, lime wedges, lemon mint sprigs
Place first 5 ingredients in a large pitcher. Gently press mint leaves, cucumbers, and blackberries against side of pitcher with a wooden spoon to release flavors. Stir in gin and club soda. Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired.