The Perfect Fall CocktailSpice up your cocktail this Fall

Blackberry Sparkler

What could be more festive than a berry champagne cocktail for this fall and winter. You could even enjoy it on NYE! There’s just something special about drinking a glass of champagne. The taste, the color, the sparkly bubbles dancing in the glass, even champagne glasses themselves. And, having the right stemware can make all the difference in your beautiful presentation. We love these champagne flutes from Crate and Barrel, so sophisticated and chic. This cocktail is so beautiful and also refreshing! You can make it to your liking with gin or vodka and garnish with thyme or rosemary!

Recipe

  • 1 cup blackberries + 8 more for garnish
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 4 ounces or 1/2 cup gin or vodka
  • 4 long sprigs of thyme or rosemary
  • 1 cup ice
  •  gold baking sugar for the rim
In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/redish color. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool.  This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.
Prepare your champagne glasses.  Okay, so here is a little trick to get the beautiful salts and sugars to stay at the top of the rim: butter.  It adheres perfectly and you won’t taste it. Place the tiniest amount between your fingers and rub just around the rim of the glass before dipping the glass into the gold baking sugar.
Next, begin by adding 1 ounce of gin or vodka to each champagne glass.  Next drop two blackberries in each glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with a sprig of thyme or rosemary. Cheers! We hope you enjoy!
*Photo and recipe from Effortless Chic