Your new drink of spring and summer! Easy, homemade blackberry ginger simple syrup pairs with lime, vodka and Prosecco creating a tasty and refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for brunch, parties or just any day that requires a drink a two.
Ummm spring, where are you?? I do recall you saying you were going to be here on March 20th, but I haven’t seen any sign of you yet. Us Minnesotans are getting a bit concerned about your late arrival.
Ya see, we only have a short window here where we can walk around in shorts and swim in the lakes without freezing to death, so if you could hurry your booty up so we can move onto summer, that’d be wonderful.
Okay, now that I’ve got my plea with spring out of the way, we can move onto better things.
Even though there’s still snow on the ground in Minnesota, I’m still going to keep sucking down these Blackberry Ginger Proecco Cocktails while pretending it actually feels like spring.
I first made these cocktails a few months ago for John’s work party and everybody loved them! So, of course, the recipe had to make it’s way here for all of you to enjoy.
These cocktails are so perfect for a group or a party because you can make a big batch of the blackberry ginger simple syrup ahead of time, and then everyone is able to assemble their own drinks. Which makes things kind of fun. It’s like a cute, little cocktail bar.
For John’s work party, I had all of the ingredients sitting out on the counter in order of assembly. In front of each ingredient, I had little place cards that said what the ingredient was and much of it you needed for the drink. Then to make things even easier, I had shot glasses sitting out as well to make measuring easy. So, instead of writing use 2 ounces of simple syrup, I just wrote 2 shots. Easy.
Or, if you wanted, you could mix all of the ingredients together into one big pitcher. Then when someone wants a drink, they fill their glass with ice and pour themselves a cocktail. If you go this route, I would use the recipe that I give below to make one drink and multiply that by 5 or 6 to get the amount of each ingredient you need to make a pitcher worth.
So, before I release you, are we in agreement that this is the official drink of summer? And spring, whenever that gets here. But, lets also not forget about my Ginger Whiskey Mojitos or Sparkling Jalapeno Grapefruit Margaritas. They can be our drink of summer, too. And, hot damn, I almost forgot about my Spiked Arnold Palmer Popsicles. Now those are a MUST make this summer!
P.S. John is obsessed with the Ginger Whiskey Mojitos, and for good reason.
I’m picturing it now, sunbathing on a boat and sipping cocktails. Summer, I love you.
More of my favorite cocktails:
Blackberry Ginger Prosecco Cocktail
Blackberry ginger simple syrup:
- 2 cups water
- ¾ cup sugar
- 1 ½ cups blackberries frozen or fresh
- 6 inches fresh ginger peeled and thinly sliced
- Limeade (or lemonade)
- Fresh mint for garnish optional
- Fresh blackberries for garnish optional
- In a medium saucepan, stir together water, sugar, blackberries, and ginger. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. About every 5 minutes, muddle the blackberries and ginger to release the flavors. Once the mixture is done cooking, cool for 10 minutes.
- Use a fine mesh strainer to strain the blackberries and ginger from the syrup, reserving the syrup and discarding the blackberries and ginger. This will make enough simple syrup for about 6 drinks.
- To make one drink, add the following to a glass: 2 ounces blackberry ginger simple syrup, 2 ounces limeade, 1 ounce vodka, and 3 ounces Prosecco. Top with ice and garnish with a few blackberries and mint leaves. Enjoy!
- If you don't have a muddler, you can use the end of a wooden spoon or even a potato masher. Get creative.
- The easiest way to peel ginger is by using the inside edge of a small spoon to scrape off the skin. Click here for a website with more details and a video.