Summers in the south mean more than cutoff jeans and farmer's tans. To us the mean wild berry pickin' and moonshine. At least for the case of this cocktail they do!
Many folks don't know, but berries are actually closely related to roses. Alisa Huntsman, the pastry chef at the Loveless Cafe taught us that a little rose water in her berry pies brings out the fruity floral notes of fresh berries. Since we've been experimenting with flower waters and had some fresh blackberries on hand, this seemed like the perfect occasion to bring these ingredients together - over some smooth American Born Moonshine nonetheless. Follow the steps below and you'll have a drink so good that you'll never guess that stuff packs a walloppin' 103 proof!
While this may not be the most simple cocktail we've ever created, it has a few simple steps that are key to making it as damn tasty as it is. Don't just muddle the berries - strain out the seeds and pulp.
fine mesh strainer
collins glass or tumbler
9 fresh blackberries, divided
4-5 fresh mint leaves
2 oz American Born Moonshine
.5 oz Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
.25 oz fresh lemon juice
.5 oz simple syrup
4 dashes rose water
fresh mint and blackberries for garnish
Muddle 6 blackberries (save 3 for garnish) with fresh mint in the bottom of your cocktail shaker until fully smashed. Add lemon juice, moonshine, simple syrup, ginger liqueur and rose water. Fill with ice, cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Fill your glass with ice and strain cocktail into glass through a fine mesh strainer. Fill glass with seltzer and garnish with a skewer of remaining blackberries and fresh mint sprig.