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{Cocktail Friday} Blackberry Gin Fizz

2013 June 7

The best part about moving back home to Pasadena has been living so close to family. Every Wednesday night we meet for family dinners that usually consist of something grilled, lots of wine and way too much dessert. I can’t tell you how much I look forward to spending these dinners with my family, a luxury that took lots of planning as well as a very long drive when we lived in San Clemente.


This past Wednesday, I brought a big pitcher of Blackberry Gin Fizz cocktails to sip on while we barbecued and a bouquet of light pink peonies for my sister.


Nothing goes better with summer than a light and refreshing gin cocktail and dinner on the grill. Have a beautiful weekend and enjoy the ones you love!


photos by Leah Bergman

Blackberry Gin FizzBon Appetit Magazine
serves 8

1 6–ounce container blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups gin
1 cup fresh lime juice
Club soda
8 sprigs Thai basil or sweet basil
1. Purée blackberries and sugar in a blender. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes.
2. Strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher (there will be about 3/4 cup); discard seeds in sieve.
3. Stir gin and lime juice into pitcher.
4. Divide drink among ice-filled glasses; top with soda. Garnish each with a basil sprig.
Note: Use the ripest, juiciest blackberries or raspberries you can find for this cocktail.
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Leah Bergman

Editor at Freutcake
Designer, blogger, cocktail shaker. Classic with a bit of sparkle. Founder & Editor of Freutcake.

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  1. June 7, 2013

    yum! this looks delicious
    kw ladies in navy

  2. June 7, 2013

    This looks so great! And is perfect for summer, especially for sipping by the lake!

    • freutcake permalink*
      June 8, 2013

      Lake sipping sounds like fun! 😉 Have a lovely weekend.

  3. June 7, 2013

    YUM! Happy weekend indeed…

    Chelsea & The City

  4. June 7, 2013

    That garnish stick is amazing! Arrow shaped??

    • freutcake permalink*
      June 8, 2013

      Yes! They are sort of arrow shaped…pretty fun stuff.

  5. June 7, 2013

    I once told a bar tender to give me the sexiest drink on the menu and he made me a similar one! 😉 Happy sexy weekend!

    • freutcake permalink*
      June 8, 2013

      Ha! Happy weekend to you as well. 🙂

  6. June 7, 2013

    This is so delicious! Yum! And thank you for the peonies, they are my favorite ☺

  7. Mom permalink
    June 7, 2013

    This was such a yummy cocktail. In the hotter months I want to try it blended. You always make family dinners so festive!

  8. June 10, 2013

    I love Pasadena! I used to live on El Molino down the street from Vroman’s (my fave bookstore) in my single days. I moved to the westside of LA once I got married, but I still miss my old haunts. It’s a beautiful place to live – not too far from the city, but far enough.

    I definitely have to try this cocktail over the summer!

  9. June 11, 2013

    YUM! I am definitely going to have to try this! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    xo Megan,

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