Summer is here and fresh blackberries are in season. Today we share with you a recipe from the Bottle Pros cocktail kitchen. It is a wine based drink that employs the flavors of blackberry and black pepper. It is a refreshing alternative to Sangria that can be made individually of in batches if you are serving a crowd. True to a cocktail “cobbler” the drink should be served over crushed ice in a tall glass. It is a cool summer refresher with a subtle spicy kick. Cheers!
Blackberry-Pepper Syrup Recipe
In a medium saucepan add:
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup granulated white sugar
Bring to a boil then add:
- 1 Cup Fresh Blackberries
- 1 Tablespoon Black Peppercorns (crushed but not ground)
Bring back to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes
Cool and strain syrup through a fine sieve into a sterling glass bottle
Syrup will keep in the refrigerator for 7 days.
In a shaker glass filled with ice add:
- 1 Ounce Vodka
- 3 Ounces Dry Red Wine (we like Australian Shiraz for this drink)
- ½ Ounce Blackberry-Pepper Syrup (+/- to taste)
- The Juice of ½ Lime
Shake like crazy and strain into a tall 12-14 ounce glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with 3 whole blackberries on top and one grind of black pepper (optional).
Black-N-Berry Cobbler Batch Recipe
Makes 8-10 drinks
In a large glass vessel add:
- 8 ounces of vodka
- 1 bottle of Dry Red Wine (we like Australian Shiraz for this drink)
- 4 Ounces Blackberry-Pepper Syrup (+/- to taste)
- The Juice of 4 Limes
Stir and Chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours before service. Pour or Ladle into Glasses Filled with Crushed Ice. Garnish with 3 whole blackberries on top and one grind of black pepper (optional).