The blackberry season spans the end of summer and the beginning of autumn and their usage can be adapted accordingly. During August we like to enjoy blackberries served simply with a little sugar and a lot of cream. They're also great muddled into a cold martini on a balmy evening. Later, we inure ourselves to the onset of autumn with deliciously comforting hot pies and puddings made by combining blackberries with the first apples of the season, to devastating effect.
Blackberry Jam Cocktail
Prepare this up to four hours in advance, but don't stir in the sparkling water and mint until just before serving. Cheers!
Total Time: 5 minutes
180ml fresh lime juice (from about 5 limes), plus 1 lime, sliced
180ml blackberry jam
1 can sparkling/carbonated water (340ml)
240g fresh mint
Whisk together lime juice and blackberry jam in a pitcher until dissolved. Stir in gin, sparkling water, mint, and sliced lime. Serve over ice.