Over the weekend, my family rented out our house with Airbnb and schlepped off to Richmond for 36 hours of adventure. Romping around in Maymont Park and hiking over to Belle Isle—once a Civil War prison camp for Union soldiers (creepy)—was tons of fun, but after sipping on a Blackberry Mule at Shyndigz in Carytown, I knew I was coming home with a mission. I NEEDED to recreate one of the loveliest cocktails I’ve had in a long time. Perfect for summer because, um, blackberries, and not too syrupy sweet. In fact, there’s no simple syrup in this guy at all. Just mulled mint, fresh ginger, blackberries, and lime with a hearty splash of vodka and a pour over of ginger beer. No doubt this will be my new summer staple.
Blackberry Mule for Two
1 lime, quartered
2 tbsp fresh ginger, small chop
1/2 cup fresh blackberries, plus a few more for garnish
1/3 cup mint leaves, plus a few more for garnish
4 oz vodka
2 bottles ginger beer (I like the non-alcoholic from Trader Joe’s)
In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle 2 lime quarters, ginger, blackberries, and mint leaves until the ingredients are pretty smooshed and the leaves are breaking down. Add ice and 4 oz vodka and give it a good shake for 30 seconds or more. Pour into two already iced copper mugs or small mason jars (I buy crunchy ice pellets from the soda machine at the gas station for this—I promise it makes a difference!). Add ginger beer to top the mugs. Garnish with mint, a lime wedge, and a few blackberries on a toothpick or free floating. Enjoy!