We've created an extra special cocktail for Halloween season, as spooky as it is spectacular.
With a little inspiration from @Garnish_girl over on Instagram, it's down to you to add a little creativity and master the serve!
We've popped a little info on the components of the cocktail below, along with a recap of the method for making the cocktail.
We hope you enjoy it and would love to see your pictures!
Black-Smoked Margarita Garnish Challenge!
We chose Mezcal as the main component for this month's subscription because of three main reasons.
One, it's National Mezcal Day on October 21st. Two, we love Mezcal and think it is seriously underrated in the UK.
Three, it pairs beautifully with this seasonal cocktail and savoury, most likely from the production technique of using underground ovens to cook the agave.
As with all spirits, it really is worth trying a few and getting to know what suits your tastes best.
We love Pensador. not only are they superb in that they donate 10% to charity, but the Mezcal is also quite delicious. The smoke is there, but it's not too prominent, and there are other flavours that lead to this being a balanced sensational drink.
Blackberry & Blackberry Leaf Syrup
The blackberries are out in force at the moment, but what about the rest of the plant? Well, we’re here to tell you that the leaves are not only full of flavonoids and minerals, but they also add an extra dimension to the standard blackberry cordial.
So much so, that we encourage everyone to head out (with some gloves) and pick some leaves before blackberry season is over. We're also fermenting some, so we'll let you know how that goes!
See below for the recipe to make your own syrup, perfect as a hot drink or in cocktails such as the Bramble or a lovely Margarita as above.
A more classic alternative to the garnish game for your cocktail
For the blackberry leaf cordial (this recipe gives you 1 litre)
- 30g blackberry leaves (we collected a small bag's worth)
- 1 lemon
- 1 litre of water
- 600g of sugar or 500g of sugar alternative such as Monk Fruit
Blackberries and Leaves
Pluck the leaves (use gloves) and wash them thoroughly. We let them dry out for a day.
Boil 1 litre of water and pour over the leaves. Leave at room temperature overnight.
Strain the juice from the leaves into a pan, squeezing out the leaves. Make sure you filter any bits out with a fine sieve or a muslin cloth.
Add the sugar and slowly bring the juice to the boil until the sugar has dissolved and the liquid has thickened.
At this point (once cool) you can try the blackberry leaf cordial. As we were making a cocktail we also added in a handful of fresh blackberries, mashed them in, and filtered any large particles out with a fine sieve.
Keep in a sterilised jar.
25ml Blackberry Leaf Cordial
Optional pinch of activated charcoal
See above pic for method!
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