I love a bourbon cocktail, and I love summer berries, so what better to than combine them! This Blackberry Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail with a hint of those summer blackberries we all know and love. Plus, once you have the Blackberry Simple Syrup, you'll be able to use it for other cocktails and mocktails as well!
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Looking for a few other fun summer cocktail ideas? Try this Simple Summer Frosé or this Simple White Sangria with Peaches and Blackberries.
Similar to the classic drink, this recipe comes together with just a few key ingredients:
- Bourbon: go for the good stuff! A good rule of thumb: if you like to drink it plain, it will be good in a cocktail. If you wouldn't want to drink it plain, then it won't be good in a cocktail either. A few of our favorites are Michter's Bourbon, Four Roses Bourbon, and Elijah Craig Bourbon. All great for cocktails!
- Angostura bitters: this helps give the cocktail a bit of its signature bite.
- Blackberry simple syrup: you can either buy a pre-made simple syrup, or make your own Blackberry Simple syrup with just a few ingredients!
- Fresh blackberries, for garnish
See full recipe below for detailed instructions.
This cocktail comes together in just a few easy steps.
Pour the bourbon into an Old Fashioned, or rocks, glass.
Add the simple syrup and Angostura bitters. Gently stir to combine.
Add an ice cube (size of your choice!)
Garnish with fresh blackberries on a cocktail stick.
Hint: Keep in mind that the Blackberry Simple Syrup adds the sweetness to your cocktail. If you want your drink to be more or less sweet, adjust the simple syrup accordingly.
You'll only need a few things to bring this cocktail together. Start with an Old Fashion (or rocks) glass. I'm loving these Vance-Cut Drinking Glasses from Crate & Barrel at the moment. You'll also need a jigger to measure the alcohol and your ice cubes of choice (try something fun like these jumbo ice cube molds!). Garnish with blackberries on a cocktail pick, such as these metal cocktail picks.
You can make cocktails ahead of time, if you like (keep the ice separate), but I always think making them is part of the fun and entertainment. I suggest making your cocktails just as you're ready to serve them!
The measurements are a guideline. Modify your cocktail to suit your tastes! Do you like your drinks to be a little sweeter? Add a little extra simple syrup. Do you not want your drink to get too watered down with ice? Use a smaller ice cube that won't add as much water once it's melted.
Blackberry Old Fashioned
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 2 dashes angostura bitters
- 1 teaspoon blackberry simple syrup see notes for recipe
- Fresh blackberries for garnish
- Pour bourbon into an Old Fashioned (or rocks) glass. Add 2 dashes of Angostura bitters and blackberry simple syrup. Gently stir to combine.
- Gently add your ice cube(s) of choice and garnish with fresh blackberries on a cocktail pick. Serve immediately.