Hayley's Comment (Blackberry, Sherry, and Bourbon Cocktail)

June 26, 2015
3 Ratings
Photo by Bobbi Lin
  • Serves 1
Author Notes

This cocktail is tart from blackberry syrup and lemon juice and fruity without any cloying sweetness. It’s balanced by the caramel flavors in the bourbon and gets creaminess from the sherry. Drink it all season, or at least as long as you can get some decent berries. Rolf and Daughters’ bar director Brice Hoffmann mixed up this new, seasonal cocktail (developed by bartender Reuben Bidez) for one of our editors when she visited Nashville. —Food52

What You'll Need
  • For the blackberry syrup:
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries
  • For the cocktail:
  • 1 1/4 ounces Belle Meade bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce blackberry syrup
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce oloroso sherry
  • Lemon or orange peel, for garnish
  1. Make the blackberry syrup. In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine water and sugar and mix until sugar has dissolved. Add blackberries and cook for 20 to 30 minutes, until mostly collapsed. Remove blackberry mixture from heat, press through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl, and let the syrup rest until fully cooled.
  2. Fill a shaker halfway with ice and then pour in the bourbon, blackberry syrup, lemon juice, simple syrup, and oloroso sherry.
  3. Shake vigorously and pour, over ice, into a glass with height.
  4. Express a lemon or orange peel (twist the peel so its oils are extracted) over the drink and add it into the glass. Serve immediately.

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2 Reviews

Isabel S. October 9, 2017
Ahh love this! May actually have to try some of this out - it looks so so so pretty and yummy! I love love love trying out stuff like this! Literally I've been dying to have a cocktail night - and this is just so perfect! I did one of those cocktail masterclass things - mine was at a place called Rofuto ( ). And I decided to have my friends to show off what I learnt and everything but I realised I need to actually have a decent amount of recipes to choose from, hence the late googling for inspiration! So this is a great find for me! Plus how pretty does it look?! I'm obsessed! Can't wait to try this out (and photograph it of course).
Gotthescoop July 2, 2015
Just made this wonderful beverage. We're not really fans of bourbon but this beautifully thought out recipe is a real keeper. Perfect touch of sweet and tart. The color of this is vibrant and festive. The longer it sits in the ice the better it gets. We think this taste like the best blackberry lemonade with a little kick. This will be our 4th of July party drink. Thanks!