- 215g (1 cup) of caster sugar
- 225g (1 1/2 cups) of frozen blackberries
- 1.25L (5 cups) of berry-flavoured sparkling mineral water, chilled
- 375ml (1 1/2 cups) of vanilla vodka, chilled
- 125ml (1/2 cup) of fresh lime juice
- Ice cubes, to serve
- Fresh blackberries, to serve
- Fresh mint leaves, to serve
Looking for something to spice up girls night? Or perhaps you want to try something different for the 'adults only' punch at your next family bbq? Whatever the reason may be, this fruity delight is sure to be a big hit.
Filled with juicy blackberries (an underrated berry if you ask us) and paired with the ever delightful vanilla vodka, this combo is a match made in cocktail heaven.
While it does take a little bit longer to prepare than your average drink, this cocktail is worth it (trust us) and before you know it, you'll be mixing and muddling in no time. Cheers to that!
- Place the sugar and 125ml (1/2 cup) of water into a small saucepan, stirring to combine. Once combined, place it over medium-low heat and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes or until the sugar has completely dissolved.
- Place the frozen blackberries into a large heatproof bowl, before pouring the hot sugar syrup over the berries (we can practically sense how good it's going to taste just from that sentence). Use a muddler or a wooden spoon to gently muddle the blackberries until they break down (it's okay if there are still some bigger berry pieces). Then pour the mixture into a large jug or dispenser.
- Stir through the mineral water, vanilla vodka and lime juice and serve the cocktail over ice, topped with fresh blackberries and mint. Drink up!
What can I use in place of vanilla vodka?
If you don't happen to have vanilla vodka lying around the house then you can always use regular vodka and add a tsp or 2 of vanilla extract.
What is the best vanilla vodka to use?
This totally depends on your taste preferences but some of the more popular choices are:
- Absolut Vanilla
- Smirnoff Vanilla
- Veil Vanilla Vodka
- Burnett's Vodka Vanilla
How much alcohol is in vanilla vodka?
This differs slightly between brands but usually around 35% Alc/Vol.