Let this be known at the garden cocktail trials! Last week it was the Strawbarb Margarita (featuring mint plucked right from my patio plant) and this week features a thyme and blackberry filled fizzy lemonade gin cocktail which, thanks to @beatriceuber gets the name “The FizzleBerry”! I asked you all on Instagram what I should name it and while I loved the puns everyone came up with, this was embodied this cocktails spirit entirely.
But first an honorable mention to the other names that were tossed out there for this cocktail- Berry on Thyme, BerryFizz, Southern Sipper, Spring Thyme in a Glass, and the BlackBerry Fizz. I loved the play on words.
Eventually, when I read FizzleBerry I knew the name was destined for it. The name, like the drink, was delightful, effervescent, and just plain fun. This blackberry lemonade gin cocktail tastes somewhat like fruit punch with a little kick from the Gin.
This is a Gin I haven’t had before but was enamored by the label- Sipsmith- so I decided to give it a whirl. This company sought out to make a gin that was sippable and in the old fashion London Dry Gin style, and let me tell you, it is very nice, very classic and very smooth. Definitely a perfect gin for this sippable patio cocktail.
I’ve heard from a lot of people that they don’t like Gin, which is a shame, but totally understandable. We’ve all had that cheap-gin headache once in our life, however, if you look at this cocktail as an opportunity to re-acquaint yourself with this classic spirit, you too can fall in love with Gin as I have done.
Or at least use it as an excuse to have a lemonade gin cocktail that’s brimming with vibrant spring flavors and herbaceousness. P.S. If you wish to decorate your cocktail with a flower, be sure to give it a light rinse before plopping it on top.
- 3 cups crushed ice
- 2 ounces Gin I used Sipsmith
- 4 ounces sparkling lemonade sub equal parts lemonade and club soda if you don't have it on hand
- 4 sprigs fresh thyme plus more for garnish
- 6 full blackberries plus more for garnish
- 1 squeeze lemon juice
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon juice and the thyme until fragrant. Add gin and sparkling lemonade, stir to combine.
In your cocktail glasses, put three blackberries at the bottom of each glass and muddle lightly then fill each glass to the top with crushed ice. The blackberry mixture should be at the bottom of the glass.
Using a strainer, equally pour the juice and gin mixture over the ice.
Garnish with a lemon peel, edible flowers, thyme, and/ or blackberries. Enjoy.