Blackberry Martini

September 3, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: It has been a particularly good year for blackberries. I’ve put them in everything from pies to tarts to galettes to salads, so it was only a matter of time before they ended up in my gin. I made a few versions on my own and they weren’t quite right. I convinced my brother to help me develop a recipe. This is what we came up with. And don’t worry if the blackberries are a bit tart -- shocking them in hot sugar will perk them right on up.Phyllis Grant

Serves: 1


For the Blackberry Jam:

  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup blackberries

For the Blackberry Martini:

  • 2 ounces gin (use a gin that's not perfumey or intense, like Beefeater or Tanqueray)
  • 1/4 ounce Grand Marnier (or 1/2 ounce if you want a sweeter drink)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon blackberry jam (or a bit less if you want a tarter drink)
  • 3 blackberries
  • 1 basil leaf
In This Recipe


For the Blackberry Jam:

  1. Place 2 tablespoons of sugar in the bottom of a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add a splash of water. Swirl it around on medium heat until all the sugar is moist. Cook until the sugar just starts to caramelize (you’ll see a bit of caramel color and smell a hint of burning sugar).
  2. Take off the heat and carefully pour in 1 cup of blackberries. Stir. The mixture will seize up. Don’t panic. Put back on medium heat and keep stirring for about 3 minutes. It’s ready when the berries have released their juices and it looks like jam.
  3. Cool. Pass through a fine strainer. Use the jam in your blackberry martini or have it on toast (it will keep for a few days in the fridge).

For the Blackberry Martini:

  1. Chill a martini glass. Place a large handful of ice in a cocktail shaker or a large glass. Add the gin, Grand Marnier, lime juice, and blackberry jam. Stir vigorously with a cocktail spoon (or shake away if that’s your thing).
  2. Strain into the chilled glass. Add 3 blackberries. Rub a bruised basil leaf along the rim of the glass. Float leaf on top. Drink.

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Reviews (4) Questions (0)

4 Reviews

Denise H. September 21, 2013
Could you use stevia in place of the sugar?
LeeLeeBee September 7, 2013
The column correctly lists 1 cup of blackberries for the jam, but this recipe only has 1 tablespoon in the list of ingredients (the instructions are correct).
Author Comment
Phyllis G. September 8, 2013
thank you!
gluttonforlife September 4, 2013
And if you happen to have a leaf of scented geranium to substitute for that basil, it would not be a bad thing. Not at all.