This frosted blackberry Christmas cocktail is such an elegant, chilly winter treat. Essentially a sake French Gimlet with muddled blackberry and rosemary – it’s herbal, floral and an enchanting purple hue.
I love this cocktail for Christmas parties! It’s so easy to make for a crowd. I‘ll muddle my blackberries and rosemary earlier in the day and premix the entire cocktail. I’ll store in it glass bottles, then when friends arrive, I’ll simply pour, shake with ice, strain, garnish and serve.
I also just love blackberry cocktails, and blackberries in general. They’re such a dark, purple, romantic color and they add an elegant richness to any recipe. I created a blackberry balsamic reductions sauce for my roasted duck, this year, and make black and blueberry jam every summer! I also love this sparkling blackberry with rosemary citrus cocktail when I’m feeling more summery.
A Few Tips
1. Don’t muddle too hard
You don’t want the rosemary to overpower the cocktail, and fresh rosemary can be pretty strong. I would suggest you muddle the blackberries first so that they’re completely pulverized, then add the rosemary and gently muddle.
2. Beware of blackberry stains!
As you can imagine, muddled blackberry is particularly threatening to your white party dress. Muddle with caution.
1. How do you frost the blackberries?
Skewer 2 blackberries onto a cocktail pin and place them in the freezer for 2 to 3 hours. Once you remove them from the freezer, they’ll begin to quickly frost. When completely frozen, they’ll stay beautifully frosted for at least 10-15 minutes after they’re removed from the freezer.
2. What do I need for this cocktail recipe?
- Cocktail shaker & jigger
- Cocktail pins or toothpicks
- Mesh cocktail strainer
- Citrus juicer
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A Little More Christmas Cocktail Inspiration
Frosted Blackberry Christmas Cocktail
- cocktail shaker & jigger
- cocktail pins or toothpicks
- mesh cocktail strainer
- citrus juicer
For the Garnish
blackberries– frozen for 2-3 hours
For the Cocktail
lime juice– fresh squeezed
- 3 blackberries
- 1 sprig rosemary
- Muddle 3 blackberries with 1 spring of rosemary in a cocktail shaker. Add 3 oz. sake, 1 oz. St. Germain and ½ oz. fresh squeezed lime juice.
- Add ice and shake. Place blackberry garnish on glass and pour cocktail over a mesh cocktail strainer.