Blackbird

By Mixology Events

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.

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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.

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Ingredients & Equipment

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!

 

Fancy learning some of the core techniques that go into making the perfect Blackbird? Join us on one of our range of cocktail making masterclasses.

We’re strong advocates of experience and it’s crucial role to picking up and applying knowledge. That’s why we deliver each of our range of cocktail making classes in as interactive a fashion as possible – providing a fully-equipped bar station for each of our guests, in turn giving them a great opportunity to really get to grips with the professional-standard equipment and ingredients at hand. On top of this, the fact that there will never be more than 5 guests to any one bar limits the time spent standing around as much as possible, meaning nobody’s experience is compromised.

The open-to-the-public variety of our cocktail making classes run every Friday and Saturday at our sister company and permanent home on Shoreditch’s Kingsland Road, TT Liquor, which houses a range of fully-equipped cocktail making studios.

 We also offer the option of taking things private if you’re part of a group of 6 or more aspiring mixologists. Our mobile cocktail class service allows us to take our portable bars on the road with us to any location across London, the UK and beyond. We have over a decade of experience and in that time we’ve held classes half way up the Shard, in a client’s back garden, and even as far afield as the Scottish Highlands.

If any of this sounds right up your street, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 020 8003 7982 and one of our dedicated events organisers will happily talk you through some your options, as well as answer any queries you may have about our services.