Drink recipe: Blackberry smash
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 16 fresh blackberries
- 1/2 cup rye whiskey
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons simple syrup
- 1/2 cup ginger ale, plus more for topping off
- Garnish: skewers of fresh blackberries (optional)
Muddle the mint and blackberries in a cocktail shaker. Add the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup, and ½ cup ginger ale. Add ice and mix with bar spoon (don’t shake—remember there’s ginger ale in there). Pour into wide-mouth or tall cocktail glasses filled with ice. Top off with extra ginger ale to taste. Garnish, if desired.
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Excerpted from Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining. Published by Chronicle Books. Copyright © 2010 by Denise Gee. All rights reserved. Reprinted by permission of Chronicle Books.