Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail With Minty Lemonade Foam
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Maybe it’s the fact that they are predictable, or it may just be because there are at least 10 variations popping up on the first page of Pinterest alone, but honestly, we are getting a little tired of “Bourbon Smashes”.
Originally made by crushing fresh berries and fruit in combination with whiskey and herbs, bourbon smashes have become a popular drink among cocktail enthusiasts, home bartenders and even brides. Yes, they are refreshing and yes, we do get the appeal of fresh fruit in a cocktail, so I do not say this lightly – I despise mudding fruit! I find it hard to just blindly trust that the fruit is ripe enough for our cocktails, and then there is the added mess that muddling fruit produces. Because of all the problems we see with muddling fruit, we do our best to avoid it at all costs. So instead, at Flair Project we often make syrups or use liqueurs to get the right balance and consistency in our cocktails.
For the record, this cocktail is a twist on a popular bourbon smash that you can probably find thousands of recipes for, but Mikey and I happen to think we made a better, more elegant, and most importantly, a simpler cocktail to make. Introducing the Opening Line
As a rule of thumb at Flair Project, we like our bourbon cocktails boozy and we made no exception here. We made with a generous amount of Bulliet Bourbon and flavored it with rich blackberry liqueur in lieu of fresh berries. And to enhance the looks and boost the texture of the cocktail, we finished the “Opening Line” with a homemade citrus-mint foam. This is one refined, yet robust cocktail, perfect for those of us who like to drink with style…and I’d take bets on this being the “buzz” of the crowd at your next party.
So let’s start with the foam…
Soak 15-20 fresh mint leaves in 10 ounces of lemonade for about 3 hoursStrain the mint leaves through a fine mesh to get a minty lemonadeSeparate 4 egg whites Add the mint flavored lemonade and the egg whites in a whipped cream dispenser
Close the canister and charge it with a nitrogen cartridge. Give it a shake to combine all ingredients and refrigerate for at least an hour before use.
You can also check out our video on how to make cocktail foams
And now the cocktail…
Blackberry-Mint Foam Bourbon Cocktail
Blackberry bourbon cocktail with a minty lemonade foam for those of us who like to drink in style.
- 1.5 oz Bourbon (we used Bulliet)
- 0.5 oz Crème de Mure (or a blackberry liqueur of your choosing)
- 0.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice
- 1 dash Orange Bitters
Add all ingredients in a cocktail shaker
Add ice and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds
Fill up a coupe glass about 1/3 full with mint-citrus foam
Strain contents of cocktail shaker over the foam and garnish with mint leaf and fresh blackberry
Top with more foam if needed
As we already mentioned before, you can use probably use any blackberry liqueur you wish, but we strongly recommend Crème de Mure from Massenez. We tried it last month, and we fell in love with it because it just gives you a burst of blackberry flavor that the fresh fruit and other cheap liqueurs can simply not match in cocktails. Oh and don’t let the price of around $28 scare you – this is a very potent liqueur and only a small dose is needed to flavor a cocktail. A bottle will last you quite some time to “blackberry” your drinks. And it goes with everything - vodka, gin, bourbon, whatever you like, this is a must-have for the liquor cabinet.
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