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Fast & Easy Blackberry Cocktail Recipe

Happy Hour: Blackberry Crush

It's my favorite time of year in San Francisco: blackberry picking season. I discovered an especially fruitful patch on a frequent exercise route, and being an overly ambitious multitasker, I take a berry-picking break during my runs, and then jog home with my daily stash.

There are so many things I love about foraging for my own berries: being zero degrees removed from the local-food movement and knowing precisely what it is that I'm putting into my mouth; the gritty juiciness of the berries; the fact that they cost zero dollars. Oh, and the boundless possibilities of what I'm going to make!

Except I know, without a doubt, that the first thing I'll be doing is mixing myself a refreshing blackberry cocktail, muddled with lemon juice, syrup, and vodka, and garnished with fresh mint. See the recipe after the jump.

Blackberry Crush

Blackberry Crush

Recipe For Blackberry Crush Cocktail

Ingredients

4 blackberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon simple syrup
1 1/4 ounces vodka
Seltzer
Ice
Mint sprig

Directions

  1. In a glass, combine blackberries, lemon juice, and simple syrup; lightly crush berries to release their juice. Add ice and vodka; top with seltzer. Stir to combine. Garnish with a mint sprig.

Serves 1.

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