This fun drink is perfect for sipping on a summer day. The combo of blackberry and lemonade is always delicious, but adding this thyme simple syrup adds something special. And if you haven’t made a simple syrup before this is a great recipe to start with.
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup water
3-4 springs thyme
6 oz fresh blackberries
Lemonade or Lemon Italian soda
*Thyme Simple Syrup (you will have extra) 3/4 cup sugar 3/4 cup water 3-4 sprigs of thyme Heat the sugar and water in a small a pot on the stove over medium heat. Stir to ensure the sugar is fully covered by water. Once the water is gently boiling remove from heat and add thyme. Let the thyme sit for 5 minutes in the water and then remove. Pour syrup into a bottle with a lid and place in the refrigerator to chill. **Blackberry Puree 1 package of blackberries (6 oz) Using a blender or food processor, blend about 5oz of the blackberries (leave remaining berries for garnish). Once the berries have completely been pureed, strain through a fine sieve into a bowl. Discard seeds.
Full drink recipe... 1 glass with each of the following
Ingredients: 2/3 cup lemon Italian soda (or regular lemonade) 1 Tbsp thyme simple syrup* 1 Tablespoon blackberry puree** 2/3 cup club soda for virgin version OR 1/2 cup soda and 3 Tbsp gin or vodka
In your drinking glass mix lemon soda and simple syrup. Add a few ice cubes. In a separate cup (preferably one with a pour lip) mix your blackberry puree and club soda (and alcohol). Slowly pour the blackberry mixture onto the ice cubes to create the layered look. If you’d like to incorporate ingredients more, swirl the glass gently. Garnish with fresh berries and thyme sprigs.