Blackberry Cocktails Two Ways

We finally made it out to Eckert’s to go blackberry picking! They’ve been open for a few weeks and I’d been dying to go! And guess what we did with those blackberries? We made some cocktails!

Blackberry Cocktails Two Ways | Ellie And AddieBut first let’s talk about picking. Now I didn’t have high expectations for the boys to enjoy eating blackberries (because they are crazy) but Jude entertained the idea of trying one. And only one.

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At first Ezra was like no way, but then he loved them after we fed him a few. Then we couldn’t keep him out of the picking boxes!

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So we finally found a fruit one of them will eat! YAY!

Blackberry Cocktails Two Ways | Ellie And Addie

Excuse me while I spam you with more pictures of Ezra covered in blackberries. Because he’s kind of cute.

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Of course the tractors are always a favorite too!

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Now I know everyone is always raving about strawberries and peaches at Eckert’s (and they are awesome!!), but dare I say blackberry picking is my favorite? I just love how the vines hang and your almost feel hidden in the rows!

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So once we got home with 5 pounds of blackberries, which doesn’t really sound like a ton, but it is. Like an actual ton. I froze some for future use and I think I’m going to make some jam tomorrow to can.

But first, you need to make some cocktails. We settled on a blackberry mojito and bourbon smash. I grabbed some mint from my patio and then got all my ingredients, you probably have most of these items already.

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The ingredients are exactly the same for both recipes minus the liquor.

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Here’s your ingredient list for ONE drink (so double it for two drinks or to make one of each)

  • 2 ounces of Bourbon OR Rum
  • 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 6 mint leaves
  • 3 blackberries
  • 3/4 ounce of simple syrup (we make our own and store it in a mason jar in our fridge!)
  • 1 or 2 ounces of club soda depending on which recipe
  • 1 cup of ice

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And here’s the recipe:

  • In a shaker (I love our OXO shaker) combine your mint leaves, lime juice, simple syrup, and blackberries
  • Take a muddler and pulverize your blackberries and mint leaves
  • Add a cup of ice and liquor (either rum or bourbon)
  • Shake for 15 seconds (make sure you haven’t added the club soda yet or it will explode. Yes BTR did this one time.)
  • Without straining, pour everything in the shaker into a cocktail glass, a tall collins glass if using rum and a rocks glass if using bourbon
  • Top with club soda (1 ounce for the bourbon drink and 2 ounces for the rum drink) and stir
  • Garnish with fresh mint and blackberries

Blackberry Cocktails Two Ways | Ellie And Addie

These drinks are seriously simple to make and even more seriously delicious.

Blackberry Cocktails Two Ways | Ellie And Addie

Blackberry Cocktails Two Ways | Ellie And Addie

BTR is definitely more into bourbon drinks these days, but mojitos have a soft spot in my heart (I miss you Chicago!) so I wanted rum in mine.

Blackberry Cocktails Two Ways | Ellie And Addie

Either way you can’t go wrong with either of these cocktails! And I’ll let you know how my jam turns out!


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