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Gin & Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale with Berry Ice Cubes. A Simple, Refreshing, Delicious & Beautiful Springtime Cocktail.
Once upon a time, many moons ago, I was a bartender. I really enjoyed it. I worked in a laid back kinda bar, met a lot of awesome people and made great money for a part time gig. I learned how to make & master any drink a customer wanted – but the best cocktails remain to be the tried and true basics.
These days, the last place I want to step foot into is a bar. Too loud, too busy, too chaotic – just too much for me. Funny how a person changes (thank goodness, too).
So when I want to get together with friends we either do a nice dinner with cocktails or a “Girls Night In”. I usually prefer the latter. It’s a simple concept. It’s laid back, it’s fun – a couple friends, a movie, simple snacks and fabulous cocktails.
One thing I hold with me from bartending is how to make a great drink. The biggest mistake when making cocktails are over complicating them. Those insane drinks with 15 different boozes and 6 different mixers that end up with no distinctive taste are great when you’re a newbie – not so much anymore.
The key is to find a good spirit, with a good mixer and accentuate those flavors. Fresh herbs, fruits & berries and homemade simple syrups do a fine job of this.
Another important thing to remember when planning cocktails is the amount of energy you want to put into making each drink. If you’re up to playing bartender all night – hey, that’s great – but if you actually want to enjoy your company, I suggest to keep things simple.
Gin has become my favorite spirit. Non-gin drinkers are always unsure of it until they taste a proper gin in a proper cocktail. I’m all for “nickeling & diming” whenever possible. It’s not possible with gin. Spend a few extra bucks on a good bottle of gin.
In comes our mixer. Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale. I love this Ginger Ale – it has the perfect amount of real ginger flavor with a refreshing blackberry sweetness. It’s a seasonal product – it’s available thru March to May – so I consider this a special springtime cocktail. Oh, and look at the color – how could you not love a sparkly glass of this!?!
Pouring this drink couldn’t get any easier. I serve it in a pint glass – pour 2 ounces of gin in an ice filled glass and fill the remainder with Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale. Want a smaller drink? Simple. Use a smaller glass and 1 ounce of gin.
I do love accentuating flavors so I have a simple make ahead prep. The day before I make a few trays of berry ice cubes. (Don’t worry if berries are not in season yet – frozen berries work great, too.) Not only do these berry ice cubes look gorgeous – it also keeps your drink chilled without watering it down. I eat these things like popsicles! Not everyone likes frozen berries floating around their drinks, so make sure you have plenty of regular ice on hand, too 🙂
What’s great about this drink is that it doesn’t have to exclude the non-drinkers. Fill a glass with those beautiful berry ice cubes & top with Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale. Voilá!
That’s it! Beautiful, refreshing, sparkling, delicious cocktails for Spring made simple.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
How do you celebrate a “night in” with company? What’s your favorite drinks & cocktails to serve?
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- For drink:
- ice cubes
- 2 ounces gin
- Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale
- For berry ice cubes (optional):
- ½ cup - 2 cups mixed berries (fresh or frozen - I used blackberries & raspberries) *see notes*
- water or juice
- For drink:
- Fill a pint glass with ice.
- Pour 2 ounces of gin over ice.
- Fill remainder of glass with Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale.
- For berry ice cubes:
- Fill ice cube trays with desired amount of berries and top with water or juice.
- Use ½ cup berries into 2 ice cube trays will be decorative and subtle berry cube.
- Use 1 cup berries into 2 ice cube trays will result in a 50/50 mixture.
- Use 2 cup berries into 2 ice cube trays will be a berry bomb! Almost like a popsicle. (Pictured above)
- Freeze until solid.
I headed out to my local Giant Foods store to load up on Canada Dry® Blackberry Ginger Ale. Get it now before it’s gone until next year!