Featured Cocktail: Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
I just finished writing a feature for Cheers Magazine about trends in American whiskey, and one of my sources was Yardbird Southern Table and Bar in Miami. The restaurant's signature cocktail happens to be Bourbon-based, and it's the overwhelming crowd favorite. Yardbird sold 10,000 Blackberry Bourbon Lemonades in the first quarter of this year alone!
It's no wonder. This refreshing blend of Bourbon, lemonade and fresh blackberries (fresh is better, but frozen will work too) gets a touch of exotic flavor from a muddled cardamom pod (one of my favorite spices). It's topped with sparkling wine, and served over ice in a Mason jar. I really can't think of a more perfect summer cocktail, can you?
Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade
Courtesy of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Miami, Florida
1.5 oz. Bourbon
3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
3/4 oz. simple syrup
1/2 oz. blackberry puree
1 cardamom pod
Lemon wheel and fresh blackberry, for garnish
Muddle the cardamom in a mixing glass, then add Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and blackberry puree. Add ice, and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a Collins glass or Mason jar filled with ice, and top with a dry sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon wheel and a fresh blackberry.