Black Beauty {a blackberry bourbon cocktail}

With fresh fruit finally becoming more affordable, I’ve been stocking up. My kids usually eat about 3/4 of it and the rest I get to use in drinks, such as this blackberry bourbon cocktail with tarragon simple syrup.

blackberry bourbon cocktail 1

 While down in Sac last month I picked up a tarragon plant for my herb garden. Before purchasing said plant I’d never had fresh tarragon (or at least I don’t remember every trying it). It has strong anise flavors and is pretty fantastic muddled, infused in simple syrup and as a garnish. It would probably also be good with food but I haven’t got that far yet, I like to focus on what’s really important first.

blackberry bourbon cocktail recipe

Anyway, I wanted to pair tarragon and blackberries in some sort of drink. Rather than just muddling the two together, I decided to make a tarragon simple syrup with raw sugar. It’s all sorts of delicious when used in this blackberry bourbon cocktail.

blackberry bourbon cocktail with lemon

As for the bourbon, I used Heritage Distilling Company‘s Elk Rider bourbon. On its own, it’s warm and spicy. Mixed into this blackberry bourbon cocktail it’s wonderful.

blackberry bourbon cocktail with tarragon

I suppose this drink is kind of like blackberry bourbon lemonade, except a little different because of the tarragon and dash of bitters. Classify it however you want as long as you enjoy them all summer long.

Black Beauty
Enjoy fresh blackberries all season long in this refreshing bourbon cocktail.
Serves: 1
  • 8 blackberries
  • ¾ ounce tarragon simple syrup (directions below)
  • 1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ounces bourbon (I used Heritage Distilling Company's Elk Rider bourbon)
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Soda water
  • 1 lemon wheel, 1 sprig of tarragon and 1 blackberry for garnish
  1. Add blackberries, tarragon simple syrup and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker and muddle.
  2. Add bourbon and bitters and fill shaker with ice.
  3. Shake and double strain into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  4. Top with soda water, stir and garnish with lemon wheel, tarragon and blackberry.
  5. To make tarragon simple syrup: Combine ½ cup raw sugar and ½ cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the sugar is dissolved, add 2 sprigs of tarragon, turn the heat to low and let simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the pot from heat and let cool completely. Remove the sprigs of tarragon and transfer the syrup to a glass bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.


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Note: Heritage Distilling Company sent me a bottle of their bourbon to enjoy. All thoughts, opinions, images and recipe are my own.

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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4 comments… add one
  • Charlotte May 8, 2014, 6:10 pm

    Oh.My.Gawd! You ma’am, are a genius !! I’ve just added blackberries to tomorrow’s shopping list!

  • Judy May 21, 2014, 5:27 am

    I love the blackberry tarragon combination…never would have thought of it!


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