It’s 5-O’Clock Somewhere: The Ginger-Blackberry Smash

June 13, 2014

Maureen Christian Petrosky is our kind of hostess. After realizing that no one joins book clubs for the books (it’s OK “ we’re all friends here), she decided to get real and put the cocktails and conversation at center stage. A collection of spirited recipes to inspire shamelessly spirited gatherings, her latest book, The Cocktail Club, is a must-drink best-sipper. Join us in welcoming the weekend with this very-berry beauty, featuring a (spoiler alert!) spicy ginger plot twist.


WHAT YOU’LL NEED1 cup sugar
1 four-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
2 teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 lime wedge
1/4‚ cup silver tequila
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
3 fresh blackberries
1 thin slice crystallized ginger‚

HOW TO MAKE ITIn a small saucepan, combine the sugar and fresh ginger with 1 cup of water. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat and stir until sugar is dissolved. Let the ginger steep over low heat for about 20 minutes, or longer if you want your cocktail spicier. Strain the syrup into a container and let cool completely.

On a shallow plate, combine the salt and ground ginger. Use the lime wedge to moisten the rim of a glass and dip it lightly into the mixture. In a shaker filled with ice, add the tequila, 1 ounce of the ginger-flavored simple syrup, and the lime juice; shake until chilled. Lightly muddle the blackberries in the bottom of a glass, then add ice. Strain the shaker into the glass and garnish with a sliver of crystallized ginger.

Photo credit: Thayer Allyson Gowdy