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Lemon Pepper Blackberry Gin Smash

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.


Red colored cocktail with blackberries and lemons sitting on a piece of wood in the kitchen



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:

  • Summer cookouts

  • Pool party

  • Birthday party

  • Bachelorette party

  • Or just lounging around the house

Red colored cocktail with blackberries and lemons sitting on a piece of wood in the kitchen

Glass being rimmed with lemon pepper rimming seasoning


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

  • Garnish: Blackberries

Ingredients

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.



Red colored cocktail with blackberries and lemons sitting on a piece of wood in the kitchen

Red colored cocktail with blackberries and lemons sitting on a piece of wood in the kitchen

Cocktail Instructions & Steps

Crafting this cocktail only requires 7 quick and easy steps:


Step One

Muddle 6 whole blackberries, do not over muddle (medium sized chunks preferred). Divide equally into two glasses.


Step Two

Add gin and lemon juice and to a cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled.


Step Three

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.


Step Four

Divide your chilled cocktail mixture equally into two glasses over


Step Five

Divide your chilled cocktail mixture equally into two glasses over ice.


Step Six

Top each glass with tonic water.


Step Seven

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



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