Lured in by a street sign outside of an espresso bar, proves that even a coffee bar makes a delicious New Orleans inspired gin cocktail.
New Orleans is a mecca for inspiration. Walking around the French Quarter, I’m snapping photos continuously. From the architecture on all of the old buildings, to the patio gardens with lush green ferns and brick pathways; some of the most delicious food you’ll ever eat and even when served on a floppy paper plate, is Instagram worthy. Jazz musicians in their element and pouring their heart into their sax, creating music for everyone’s ears and capturing a candid shot. It’s all of these glorious things that come to mind when I think about New Orleans, and I count the days until we can return for another visit.
And the signs that are on doors and sidewalks, always sparking attention and luring you in for a look around and to order the featured cocktail. Not to be tied down to one barstool for long, cocktails on-the-go are encouraged as long as there’s no glass bottles or driving involved. We dig this and certainly take part.
New Orleans Inspired Cocktail
We came across this espresso bar and the blackberry gin soda on this sign sparked Sean’s and my attention, so of course we had to go in and order one. Listed right above a King Cake Latte, how can one go wrong? Had it not been 10:30 in the morning, we would have each ordered our own. Maybe because it was an espresso bar that served gin that we thought was interesting, but I’m here to tell you that even a coffee bar makes a delicious gin cocktail, and we slurped up every last drop.
I’d like to go on record and say that blackberries are my favorite fruit. If there’s anything on a menu that features blackberries, then I’m ordering it. So naturally, I had to recreate this blackberry gin soda recipe here at home, even serving it up in a clear plastic cup just like in New Orleans.
Here’s How I Made It
Blackberry Gin Soda
BLACKBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP
- 2 pints fresh blackberries
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup water
BLACKBERRY GIN SODA
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 2 ounces blackberry simple syrup
- Seltzer water
- 4-5 fresh blackberries
To Make The Blackberry Simple Syrup
- Add all ingredients to a heavy bottomed sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low until the blackberries are soft, about 10 minutes.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a bowl and pour blackberry mixture. Press on the solids making sure to get every last drop of the syrup.
- Funnel in a bottle and keep in the refrigerator until ready to use.
To Make The Blackberry Gin Cocktail
- In a high ball glass, add fresh blackberries and muddle with the back of a spoon.
- Add gin and blackberry simple syrup to the glass and stir. Add ice to the glass, and pour in seltzer water to fill to the top. Stir around one more time and then enjoy!
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And while you’re enjoying this delicious cocktail, this Shrimp Po Boy pairs nicely with it!
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