Design Fixation: First Harvest Blackberry Whiskey Cocktail

8/25/17

First Harvest Blackberry Whiskey Cocktail


For those of you who have met me, you probably know that I love summer. I live for summer. But there is something about those first few nights when you feel a chill in the air... when you can tell that fall is on its way, but summer isn't quite over yet. This is also the time of year that some refer to as "first harvest" - when the first major garden harvest occurs, yielding some of my favorite fruits, vegetables and other things like honey and wheat. 

So in celebration, I worked with Wayfair to create a delicious cocktail using some traditional first harvest ingredients like blackberries and honey, paired with one of my other faves - whiskey.


Don't be fooled by the color of this cocktail... it packs a punch! But you can always cut it with a splash of sparkling water if you're not looking to get too tipsy. And here's the coolest part - it's made with a french press which filters out all of those pesky blackberry seeds! 


Here's what you'll need for two servings of this cocktail:

  • 4 ounces of your favorite whiskey
  • 2 ounces of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 1/2 cups of blackberries
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • Mint for garnish

You'll also need a french press coffee maker, a cocktail shaker, a muddler and lots of ice.


Begin by slicing up the lemon and putting half of it into your french press coffee maker. Add the blackberries as well (reserve two blackberries and the other half of the lemon to garnish your drink later on).


Use a muddle to mash the fruit together until it looks like a total mess :)


Pour in the whiskey, the maraschino liqueur and the honey. Mix it together, and let it sit in the refrigerator for an hour or two so the fruit infuses into the booze.


Then put the top on the french press and slowly push it down, separating the liquid from the solids.


Pour the liquid from the french press into a cocktail shaker, add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into fancy glasses over ice.


Garnish with a blackberry, a lemon slice and a sprig of mint. I added a fun straw to mine as well.


If it's too strong for you, just add a splash of sparkling water for a more refreshing version of this late summer drink. Enjoy!


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