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From the bar: Blackberry Basil Ginger Bourbon Spritzer

June 21, 2013




Happy SUMMER!!!! Today is my favorite day of the year because it’s the longest and that just makes me happy. Evan and I are having a dinner picnic tonight. I.LOVE.PICNICS! It’s really starting to warm up here and I’m looking forward to taking a dip in our very cold pool this weekend, there’s no heater so the warm summer months are really the only time we get to enjoy it. I’m also excited for my good friends’ outdoor movie night tomorrow. I’m bringing popcorn with delicious toppings and syrups to make boozy sodas.

What do you have planned this weekend? Maybe this fruity Bourbon spritzer? Sounds like a plan to me! Enjoy! -xo



Makes 1 cocktail
2 blackberries
2 large basil leaves
1 teaspoon lime juice (about 1/4 of a lime)
1.5 ounces ginger syrup (recipe by Joy the Baker, purchased at her pop-up last week)
1.5 onces good Bourbon whiskey (my good friends brought me a bottle of Rowan’s Creek Bourbon from Kentucky last year and we like it… a lot)
Ginger beer (ginger ale vs ginger beer)
Cocktail shaker
Wash berries and basil. Place them in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add lime juice, ginger syrup, and Bourbon. Fill about 1/2 way with ice. Shake well, until the shaker gets frosty on the outside. Pour into a lowball glass filled with ice and top with chilled ginger beer. Garnish with blackberries and basil. CHEERS!!!
20 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2013 10:30 am

    Sounds so fresh and yummy if makes me wish I were a drinker!

  2. June 21, 2013 1:49 pm

    Yummmm it’s all of my favorite things!

  3. June 21, 2013 4:51 pm

    Sounds cool and refreshing — Happy Summer!

  4. June 21, 2013 5:32 pm

    Having a solstice shindig tomorrow and these will definitely definitely be making an appearance

  5. June 21, 2013 7:35 pm

    I love the drink recipes you are providing me with! :) I actually made the watermelon, mint and gin drink last friday! I took brought out the juicer and juiced a whole watermelon! It was fantastic. We had friends over and it was a big hit! Thank you!

  6. June 22, 2013 4:16 am

    I love basil and fruit together! Great drink recipe!

  7. June 22, 2013 8:04 am

    Yes, please!

  8. June 22, 2013 9:11 am

    This sounds delicious! Blackberry drinks are so rare, yet they’re one of my absolute favorite fruits!

  9. Renee permalink
    June 22, 2013 12:45 pm

    This looks beautiful. I love that I have some of these ingredients in the backyard. If only I lived in a berry growing climate. C’est la vie. I can’t wait to try this.

  10. June 23, 2013 1:12 pm

    Sounds great! Beautiful pictures!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 24, 2013 12:27 am

      Thank you Mila!

  11. June 23, 2013 8:36 pm

    june 21st is my favorite day of the year too!!!! also.. these cocktails look so lovely! yeaaa girl!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 24, 2013 12:13 am

      Favorite day twinsies! Wut wut! You’re ginger syrup really made this drink!

  12. June 24, 2013 2:22 pm

    I’m heading to the store right now to get the things needed for this!

    • love and cupcakes permalink*
      June 24, 2013 2:24 pm

      Monday happy hour?! I like your style :) CHEERS!

  13. June 27, 2013 4:09 am

    I absolutely love all of your photos, they’re great!

  14. June 27, 2013 6:52 am

    Reblogged this on KP28 * Soul Food.

  15. Crista permalink
    July 1, 2013 10:11 am

    this looks divine. perfect for 4th of July celebrations :)

  16. July 9, 2013 10:49 pm



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