Updated: Apr 11, 2022
Celebrating spring with this Lemon Pepper Blackberry Gin Smash. Fresh blackberries muddled and infused with lemon and blended with a ton of gin. This smashing blackberry cocktail is simple to make. Muddle your blackberries then mix gin and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker! Top it all off with some bubbly sparkling tonic water for a refreshing fruity and citrus spring cocktail! Oh and did I forget to mention: a spiced rim definitely keeps everyone coming back for a second round.
This cocktail has the perfect combination of sweet, citrusy and fruity notes that pair to be a tart and spicy mix. The ingredients are simple and crafting it is a breeze. You could serve this cocktail at a variety of occasions such as:
Or just lounging around the house
Lemon Pepper Blackberry Gin Smash Recipe
4 Ounces Gin
2 Ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Ounces Tonic Water
6 Blackberries, Muddled
Garnish: Lemon Pepper Rim Seasoning
Garnish: Lemon Wedges
Gin - I love using a Gin that truly compliments the ingredients in my cocktails. When combining fruits with gin similar to this recipe, look for a Gin that is infused with ingredients like botanicals, berries, citrus etc. In this scenario we would recommend using a London Dry Gin. They usually contain strong notes of juniper and citrus. We used Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin for this recipe because it is made from a combination of ten botanicals and paired perfectly with our ingredients.
Sparkling Water - I used Fever Tree Tonic Water I prefer using sparkling water or seltzer instead of soda for less calories. But you can also use sprite or flavored seltzers if you are looking for a little bit more sugar.
Lemon Juice - Try not to buy those lemon-concentrate squeeze bottles. Opt out for freshly squeezed lemons. Not only does it taste better, but it's also better for you and does not have additives or preservatives.
Garnish: Rim Seasoning - I used a blend of salt, sugar, cracked peppercorn and citric acid to create our rim seasoning. If you are not able to get your hands on citric acid, try giving Cool Runnings Lemon Pepper Seasoning. I know it sounds odd but the seasoning from Cool Runnings actually is an amazing substitute and only contains extra ingredients such as garlic. We've made this cocktail with both and you really do not notice the garlic flavouring in the seasoning from Cool Runnings, making for an almost identical experience.
Garnish: Fruits & Citrus - I used fresh whole blackberries and lemons. Feel free to add additional fruits and citrus ingredients, but in my opinion this recipe is perfect with just the raspberries and lemon.
Cocktail Instructions & Steps
Crafting this cocktail only requires 7 quick and easy steps:
Muddle 6 whole blackberries, do not over muddle (medium sized chunks preferred). Divide equally into two glasses.
Add gin and lemon juice and to a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled.
Rub a lemon wedge along the rim of the glass. Make sure entire rim is coated evenly in lemon juice. Rim glass with lemon pepper seasoning.
Divide your chilled cocktail mixture equally into two glasses over
Divide your chilled cocktail mixture equally into two glasses over ice.
Top each glass with tonic water.
Garnish with whole raspberries and lemon wedges.
Let us know your thoughts on our Lemon Pepper Blackberry Gin Smash cocktail.
Preparation Time: 10 Minutes
Cooking Time: 0 Minutes
Serving: Serves 2