Sunday, July 29, 2012

Blackberry Pomegranate Martini Cocktail

I tried my hand at mixology today!

I bought a mixer from BevMo! called MIXT Pomegranate Martini mix. The idea with this mixer is you just add vodka and you have an instant cocktail. The flavor is pretty good, but it was a little flat all by itself. So I did a little of my own mixology and came up with this tasty treat!! It's a good thing I'm addicted to cooking shows because I never would have thought of adding basil. Enjoy!

Blackberry Pomegranate Cocktail

1 oz cold Vodka
2 oz MIXT Pomegranate martini mix
3/4 oz Blackberry syrup
1 large basil leaf
1 small lemon wedge
1 lemon twist for garnish

In a shaker  with ice add vodka, MIXT, syrup, basil, lemon wedge. SHAKE 15-20 times. Pour in martini glass. Garnish with lemon twist.

Blackberry Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1.5 cups blackberries (frozen or fresh)

In a small saucepan add water and sugar. Bring to a boil, dissolve sugar. Take off heat. Add blackberries. Let sit for 15 minutes. Blend with an immersion blender or blender. Strain. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. It's great in cocktails, on pancakes or crepes, and in soda water for the kids.