We came home from the farmer’s market with the most beautiful blackberries this weekend. We went early and it seemed like all the chef carts were loaded with trays of berries. We were lucky to find the last few baskets of these berries after asking a chef where she got hers.
We also found a beautiful selection of herbs. We like to keep as many fresh herbs as possible on hand in our kitchen so that when we find a great main ingredient, we have everything on hand to put together a quick dinner.
We’re always burning candles in our kitchen, so we like to reuse the glass jars they come in for storing herbs on the counter. We have lots of these, but some of our favorite candles come in red jars that would be gorgeous filled with herbs. Our favorites are Chez Monsieur and Jurassic Flower. We used to have this herb saver that worked well, but we go through so many herbs that it’s too small for us. We’d love to try these for growing herbs in the kitchen.
Our favorite cocktails typically have a combination of fruity and herbal notes, so we decided to whip up a Memorial Day afternoon cocktail with fresh blackberries and thyme. It turned out so delicious we had to share! It’s a great twist on a gin and tonic. We used Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic (c/o) and St. George Botanivore Gin.
To make this cocktail, you’ll need a shaker, a muddler (we have and love this one), and a double old fashioned glass. Clayton is fairly obsessed with glassware and recommends these, these, or these. You’ll also want cocktail straws like these, these, or these for serving.
- 4 blackberries
- 1 sprig of thyme
- Juice of ½ lemon
- 2 oz St. George Botanivore Gin
- 1 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic
- Muddle four blackberries, 1 sprig of thyme, and the juice of ½ a lemon in a cocktail shaker until very smooth.
- Fill shaker halfway with ice and add gin and St. Germain. Shake until well chilled.
- Strain into a double old fashioned glass filled with ice. Top with Fever Tree Elderflower tonic water and stir with a cocktail straw to combine. Garnish with a lemon slice, fresh blackberry, and a sprig of fresh thyme.