Our Hard Blackberry & Rosé Cocktail is delicious concoction using the deep vibrancy of bourbon and the light fruit flavor of rosé. It will make you smile!
Hard Blackberry & Rosé Cocktail
Over the past few years I have gone and fallen hard for bourbon. If you’re already a fan you already know and if you are a newbie to the distinct flavor and characteristics of good bourbon then this cocktail just might appeal to you. And while there is a lot you can learn about bourbon it basically comes down to one thing: your individual taste. Period. There are bourbon snobs who’ll inform anyone within earshot that you aren’t drinking bourbon if it’s not E.H. Taylor or Pappy VanWinkle. But there some rock solid bourbons to be had at very low to mid-range price points. For example, Very Old Barton, Fighting Cock, Rebel Yell and Four Roses Bourbon are just a few selections coming in at under $20. Currently, some of my favorite bourbons are priced between $30 and $60 and include in no particular order:
- McKenna 10-Year Bottled-in-Bond
- Eagle Rare
- Jefferson Reserve
- Woodward Reserve
- Four Roses Singe Barrel
- Knob Creek
- Russell’s Reserve
- Calumet Farm
These are all very well-crafted bourbons and I suspect you wouldn’t be disappointed spending money on any of them. I also recommend letting your tongue sleep around and to try lots of different bottles, because you are not going to know if you like something until you try it for yourself.
Okay on the our Hard Blackberry & Rosé Cocktail. This is a very unique cocktail that combines both bourbon and wine with an infusion of blackberry simple syrup. This one is also a study in the theory of “opposites attract”. Most wouldn’t think of mixing bourbon with wine but you’ll be surprised at how well this particular cocktail dances across you palette. The weight of the bourbon anchors the cocktail and the light fruit forwardness of the Pinot Noir Rosé lifts it and allows for a very refreshing interplay of well-matched contrasts. And then the sweetness of the blackberry simple syrup threaded with a light kiss of the lemon thyme pretty much seals the deal.
What is your favorite summertime cocktail? And what fruity flavors are you putting to good use in your cocktail glass? We would love to hear back from you.
- 1 ounce Knob Creek Bourbon
- 1 ounce Blackberry Simple Syrup
- 3 ounces Arcturos Pinot Noir Rosé 2015
- Fresh Sprig of Lemon Thyme
- Crushed Ice
- In a cocktail shaker muddle an inch of lemon thyme, add bourbon, blackberry simple syrup, Pinot Noir Rosé, and crushed ice.
- Secure the lid of the cocktail shaker and shake what your mama gave you for 30 seconds.
- Strain through a fine sieve into a chilled wine glass or champagne flute filled with crushed ice.
- Garnish with a fresh sprig of lemon thyme.
Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive