“Bramble On” Blackberry-Thyme Cooler

Mocktail Recipes
| Summer
2023 |
Volume 2,
Issue 2

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“Bramble On” Blackberry-Thyme Cooler

Part of our "To Serve or Not to Serve" article (Summer 2023), the "Bramble On" mocktail, pictured left, is a terrific batch option for a crowd and can be adjusted for drinkers and non drinkers alike as appropriate.

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

Recipe by Katie O'Kennedy
Servings

6

servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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

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    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.

     

    Blackberry-Thyme Shrub

    Recipe by Katie O'Kennedy
    Makes

    1

    cup

    Ingredients

    • 6 oz blackberries

    • 7 black peppercorns

    • 3 whole allspice berries

    • 3/4 c sugar

    • 1/2 c red wine vinegar

    Directions

    • 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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