The Blackberry Blue Nectar Bramble is a twist on the traditional Blackberry Bramble. Instead of bourbon, this version (sent to me by the folks at Blue Nectar Tequila) uses Blue Nectar’s Reposado tequila, which has a smooth, light oak character that’s wonderful all on its own.
Unless you got something against blackberry, this is a cocktail you’re going to want to try soon. It’s a wonderful option for Cinco de Mayo – something that still tequila-based, but not a Margarita. But don’t wait for a holiday to enjoy this drink. Whether you’re having a night out, or enjoying the poolside or the ski slopes, this drink is a perfect fit for every occasion.
This is a rather balanced cocktail that has plenty of depth with oak and citrus notes to balance out the sweet. The blackberry flavor is definite, but not overwhelming. You could obviously enjoy this drink with any kind of blackberry flavored food – muffins, ice cream, or this Wild Blackberry Bread from Cookin’ Captain. But I think nothing goes better with blackberry than something smoky, like this Texas Style Oven Brisket from A Spicy Perspective. Of course, another great option is vanilla. Any kind of vanilla dessert or food item you can think of.
Blackberry Blue Nectar Bramble Drink Recipe
- 2 ounces Blue Nectar Reposado
- ¾ ounce lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon simple syrup
- ½ ounce blackberry liqueur
- 3-5 blackberries
- Additional 3-5 blackberries as garnish
- Crushed ice
Put all the ingredients in a blender, except for the blackberries reserved as garnish. Pulse the blender until the blackberries are puréed – you should still be able to see seeds. Fill a rocks glass with crushed ice, past the top rim. Carefully pour the mixture over the ice so it settles into the glass. Garnish with a few blackberries on top.
Originally published July 23, 2014