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Blackbird

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Blackbird

This harmonious marriage of a Bramble and a Mojito is Mixology Events’ homage to classic British spring-time flavours. Combining gin with lemon juice, fresh mint and crème de mure (blackberry liqueur), in a glass, with crushed ice, the Blackbird is a seasonal smash, perfect for a warm spring afternoon or a lazy summer evening.

Gin, Crème de Mure, Lemon Juice, Sugar Syrup, Mint – Rocks Glass*.

*premium glassware pictured, event glassware may differ.

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The Blackbird takes its inspiration from the Bramble, a modern classic that combines gin, lemon and blackberry to create a subtly sweet and tangy smash-style cocktail.

Our gentle spin on this gin drink has the simple addition of fresh mint and is served long. This classic combination of springtime flavours makes it a perfect choice for a spring or summer bar hire, its refreshing and easy to drink, with balance and some light complexity from the gin.

If you’re planning a gin-based menu, a drink like the Blackbird could be an excellent addition, thanks to its tall style it’s a lighter, lower ABV cocktail than many short, sour-style gin drinks but still uses ingredients that compliment and highlight this versatile spirit. This makes the Blackbird the perfect choice to include on a menu featuring more heady gin classics like the Corpse Reviver No.2; a Harry Craddock creation featuring gin, lemon, triple sec, vermouth and absinthe, designed to banish a nasty hangover, or the Last Word; an equally delicious and dangerous mixture of gin, lime, maraschino liqueur and green Chartreuse.

For those looking to feature a lighter selection, some other refreshing gin drinks to serve alongside it include the classic Tom Collins; a simple fizz of gin, lemon, sugar and soda water, or its more extravagant cousin the French 75, which replaces the soda water with champagne or sparkling wine.

The Blackbird is a moreish and fruity cocktail that is guaranteed to please most guests and be a hit at any event but has enough balance and complexity to stand amongst a menu of refined classics as well.

If you’re thinking of serving the Blackbird at your bar hire and want to know more about what drinks you could feature alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other gin based, spring-time and smash-style cocktails from our list.

History

This drink was created by Mixology Events’ head bartender and events manager, Jake Rogers, he had this to say about the cocktail’s creation:

 

“This is basically a cousin to its more famous cocktail relative, the Mojito. So its a long refreshing serve but has the addition of slightly autumnal creme de mure (blackberry liqueur) to give it that extra berry funk. We created this for an autumn party where the client asked for rustic but beautiful drinks and specifically requested something with blackberry, it turned out so well it became one of our house drinks.”

 

Myths & Legends

As a delicious and abundant fruit, native to the British Isles and many other parts of the world, Blackberries have been consumed in various forms for thousands of years, with the preserved body of a 2500 year old woman being found in Holland with the fruit in her stomach. 

 

Historically, blackberries have been used for various medicinal purposes, whether any of these hold true or not we don’t know, but some uses of the plant have included: chewing the leaves and brewing the shoots into tea to treat mouth ailments such as bleeding gums and canker sores, and using the roots, which have been described as astringent, to treat  intestinal problems such as dysentery and diarrhea.

 

References

There are a number of recipes from various sources for a cocktail called a Blackbird, the recipes differ hugely from drink to drink, but one which is particularly similar to ours appears on culinary website foodandwine.com via North Carolina restaurant, Lantern, their recipe is nearly identical to ours but rather than mint features the addition of lemon verbena; a citrusy and deeply herbaceous ingredient.

https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/blackbird-cocktails-2007

Ingredients & Equipment

With the Blackbird being such a refreshing, fruity and seasonal cocktail, it’s important to use a nice rich gin with a good range of botanicals to highlight the light herbaceous notes in this drink.

One of our favourite gins to use in the Blackbird and in gin cocktails in general, is Broker’s; this classic, London dry is made using a recipe over 200 years old in their distillery in Birmingham and has received multiple accolades, including being awarded a record-breaking score of 97 at the prestigious, Ultimate Spirits Challenge. Broker’s has a deep and complex botanical flavour with light floral notes and a dry herbaceous finish, making it the perfect choice to make a deliciously well-rounded cocktail.  

Ingredients

  • 50ml Gin
  • 10ml Crème de Mure
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • 8-10 Mint Leaves
  • Mint Sprig for Garnish
  • Icing Sugar for Garnish (optional)

Equipment

  • Jigger/Measure
  • Bar Spoon
  • Mexican Elbow
  • Sugar Shaker/Duster
  • High-Ball Glass or Large Rocks Glass
  • Crushed Ice
Method
  • Take your high-ball or large rocks glass
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the gin and sugar syrup to the glass
  • Strip a large handful of mint leaves from their stems and clap them between the palms of your hands to release some of the oils
  • Add the mint to the glass
  • Fill the glass ⅔ with crushed ice
  • Using your bar spoon, churn the drink for 10-15 seconds to combine the ingredients and incorporate the ice
  • Fill the glass with more crushed ice and pile some on top, forming it into a dome using your hand
  • Drizzle the crème de mure over the crushed ice, into the cocktail
  • Garnish with a mint sprig with some icing sugar dusted over it
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.

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