This fizzy blackberry-thyme cooler has a summer glamping vibe, perfect after a swim off the dock or gathering around a backyard bonfire. It’s great as is, but you can also offer your guests real or NA gin or champagne to kick it up a notch.
“Bramble On” Blackberry-Thyme Cooler
1/2 c Blackberry-Thyme Shrub (see recipe below)
3-4 c soda water
Juice of 2 limes
Lime slices, thyme sprigs, and blackberries for garnish
Add ice, shrub, soda water, and lime juice to pitcher and stir to combine
Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices, thyme sprigs, and blackberries.
Shrub recipe below
Shrubs are muddled mixtures of fruit and herbs, and should be made several days ahead of time, both to meld the flavors and to help out the host. A shrub is refreshing mixed with soda water as in this recipe. Add a shot of NA gin or Champagne to each glass to elevate it to fancy.
6 oz blackberries
7 black peppercorns
3 whole allspice berries
3/4 c sugar
1/2 c red wine vinegar
Mix blackberries, peppercorns, allspice, and thyme with sugar, mashing berries gently.
Cover and refrigerate overnight, until berries have broken down and sugar is dissolved.
Strain through a fine mesh sieve and discard solids.
Return juice to container and mix in vinegar.
Cover and store shrub in refrigerator for several days, letting flavors meld before serving.
This shrub will keep refrigerated for several weeks.
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Photography: Paloma Sendrey, IG @bestgirlfriday