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I mentioned recently that we had an early Thanksgiving with our son last month, and I wanted a special drink to share that would remind him of home. There's nothing more appropriate to do that with than Oregon blackberries. Thanks to that great old invention known as the freezer, you can find them year-round!
The flavor I had in mind with this cocktail was the oats, butter, brown sugar and cinnamon that are the crown of blackberry crisp. While usually a summer dessert, the richness of the berries and warmth of the cinnamon makes it perfect for late fall and early winter. Especially when you're enjoying it in glass.
To start, you'll need to make some blackberry syrup. Prepare for your kitchen to smell amazing.
4 cups frozen blackberries
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
Combine in a saucepan. I have so many childhood memories that start with something just like this.
Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for about 2 minutes, or until the sugar has dissolved completely. In case you're wondering, yes, that spoon is permanently blackberry-colored.
Cool in the fridge. Strain out the solids using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Makes about 2 1/2 cups.
To make two cocktails you'll need:
1 oz butterscotch schnapps
1/2 oz Frangelico liqueur
1/4 oz cinnamon whiskey
1 1/2 oz blackberry syrup
4 oz club soda
You may notice the cinnamon sugar grinder in this photo. I thought it would be nice to rim the glass with some of the syrup and the cinnamon sugar. Nope. The syrup adds too much sweet and this grinder puts out a ratio of cinnamon to sugar that doesn't work here. However, I did try this drink with the glass rimmed with straight lemon juice and light sugar and it adds a nice little zing.
Combine the liquor and syrup in a shaker filled with ice and shake well to combine.
Remove the lid and add the club soda, then strain into a two cocktail glasses. Drop in a couple of frozen blackberries and serve. It's as tasty as it is pretty!