Irish Blackberry Lemonade (with a Texas Twist)
February blahs are a thing of the past, can we all say AMEN! And we can only hope and pray Spring weather will be not far behind. Let’s put the gloomy days of winter behind us, shall we? Just around the bend are holidays like Spring Break (Get. Here. Faster.), March Madness (that is LIKE a holiday in SOME places, right?) and, of course, St. Patrick’s Day!
It doesn’t snow much where I live (it’s Texas, ya’ll) but the sky can get pretty gray and gloomy. And it seems like the gray gloom of winter has been here FOREVER. It IS great reading weather but there is only so much indoor time a girl can stand.
Our farm in East Texas is my happy place and we have these really yummy blackberries that grow wild there. So, I got to thinking the other day that I really needed to create a St. Patty’s Day cocktail with a little bit of Texas in it. Something that would remind me that sunny days are ahead.
Blackberries, Lemonade & Jameson
I am not even one smidgen Irish, but I do love me an Irish Lemonade (which is basically just Irish whiskey and lemonade). This is really just one of those….kicked up a notch with some blackberry simple syrup.
It’s not tinted green and just about the only thing Irish about it is the whiskey, but I am COUNTING IT. Think of it as an Irish cocktail with a Texas twist. I think it is my new favorite, and I just had to share it with the world.
And at the very least, it’s perfect for getting your Spring on. I am REALLY INTO THIS Irish Blackberry Lemonade (with a Texas twist).
Irish Blackberry Lemonade Cocktail
For the Blackberry Simple Syrup
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
For the Blackberry Irish Lemonade
- 1 slice fresh lemon
- 2 oz Jameson Irish Whiskey
- 2 tbsp Blackberry Simple Syrup
For Blackberry Simple Syrup
- Mix blackberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Let bubble for 5-7 minutes, stirring every once in a while. Cool slightly and poor through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl, pushing down on the fruit with the back of a large spoon so as to squeeze out all the juice. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
For Irish Blackberry Lemonade Cocktail
Fill 10-oz cocktail glass with ice and add Jameson whiskey and simple syrup. Fill to the top with lemonade and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Garnish with lemon slice (and a little fresh mint would be good too!).
Claire has been reading and listening to stories since a ridiculously early age. The daughter of a British lit teacher, she had little hope of avoiding her mother’s apparently genetic predisposition to the written word. As a boymom to two rough and tumble littles, Claire spends much of her time checking homework, breaking up fights, and searching for the source of random smells. She lives outside of Dallas, Texas, with her family and one little constant companion, a mini dachshund named Newt. She writes about her extremely eclectic reading life (she loves ALL the genres) and real food cooking at Book Lovers Pizza and on Instagram.