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Blackberry-Gin Shrub Cocktail

Photo: Greg Dupree; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty


Makes 4 cocktails

Red wine vinegar and clover honey really brighten up the flavors in one these berry shrub cocktails. Serve it up at a party for a perfectly summery and refreshing sip.


  • 1/4 cup clover honey
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1 1/2 cups soda water
  • Ice
  • 4 (2-inch) lemon rind strips
  • Garnish: fresh blackberries

How to Make It

  1. Whisk together honey, vinegar, and pepper in a bowl. Add 2 cups black­berries; let stand 45 minutes, mashing occasionally. Add gin; chill 15 minutes. Transfer mixture to a small pitcher. Stir in soda water and ice. Rub lemon rind strips around rims of 4 rocks glasses. Pour cocktail into glasses. Add rind to each glass. Garnish, if desired.

Also appeared in: Coastal Living, June, 2016;