Blackberry Martini from Mint / 820

Portland Oregon’s renowned mixology bar, Mint/820, crafted this refreshing, deeply flavored cocktail. This recipe for a Blackberry Martini uses a delicious blackberry puree that can be made with fresh or frozen Oregon blackberries. Use your favorite vodka, some fresh squeezed lemons and blackberries to make the perfect drink for a summer’s eve.

blackberry martini from mint

Ingredients

Drink:
4 lemon quarters, cut in the middle of the flesh, down to but not through the rind
½ C superfine sugar (process granulated sugar for 1 minute.)
1 C vodka
1 oz fresh lemon juice
1 oz simple syrup*
1 oz blackberry puree (see below)
Simple Syrup:
1 C sugar
1 C water
Berry Puree for ½ cup:
1 C whole blackberrries, fresh or thawed frozen.

Preparation

Simple Syrup Steps

Step 1
In a small saucepan, bring sugar and water to a boil.

Step 2
Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes.

Step 3
Remove from the heat and let cool completely.

Step 4
Remaining syrup may be refrigerated for one month.

Puree Steps

Step 1
Process berries in food processor until smooth.

Step 2
Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds.

Step 3
Keep in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days, or frozen for up to 1 month

Drink Steps

Step 1
Rub the cut lemon around the rims, moistening a 1-inch-wide band

Step 2
Sprinkle the sugar on a small plate and coat the rims.

Step 3
Chill the glasses until serving time.

Step 4
Fill a martini shaker with ice and add the vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, simple syrup and blackberry puree.

Step 5
Shake robustly for 10 seconds and strain into glasses.

Step 6
Serve immediately.