This simple and delicious Blackberry Vanilla Vodka Martini gets is fruity flavor from fresh berries and citrus and is balanced out with sweet vanilla vodka. It's the perfect way to enjoy a summer happy hour or any number of special occasions.
There's lots of simple ingredients that can make for a flavorful cocktail. Fresh fresh fruit and herbs are always a great choice when shaking up refreshing drink.
I love a good one liquor cocktail, but that doesn't mean I only want to drink the sprit with club soda. And making a tasty drink doesn't always mean making a strong drink.
Summer time blackberries make the perfect drink addition, full of natural sweetness and color. This blackberry cocktail gets its deep purple color naturally from muddled blackberries. It's the perfect drink for a hot summer day.
Vanilla vodka is one of those spirits that can linger on your bar cart or home bar for too long if you don't have a plan for it. This bright and fresh tasting blackberry martini is a delicious use for vanilla vodka without being too sweet or artificial tasting.
The delicious flavors of juicy blackberries, fresh lime, and fresh mint keep this fruity drink on the tart side while the sweet flavors in vanilla vodka add a little simple syrup balance everything out.
- Vanilla vodka - Pick your favorite brand for this recipe. I love Absolut and Stoli brand vanilla vodkas.
- Simple syrup - An easy way to sweeten your drink, make your own simple syrup at home with sugar and water. Get all the directions over on my Simple Syrup Recipe page.
- Fresh lime juice - Fresh limes are the only way to go for this recipe. You'll need about half of a lime per drink.
- Fresh blackberries - Use fresh blackberries if you can find them, otherwise thaw frozen blackberries and muddle those.
- Fresh mint leaves - Only fresh mint will work here.
How to Make a Blackberry Vanilla Martini
Place mint, blackberries, and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Muddle gently to crush the blackberries.
Add simple syrup, and vodka. Fill the shaker half full with ice cubes.
Double strain through a fine mesh sieve held over a coupe or martini glass to remove the mint pieces and muddled blackberries.
Note: It will take a couple minutes to get all of the liquid to drain out of your cocktail shaker. This is due to the mint leaves, ice, and pieces of blackberry contained in your shaker. Tip your shaker upright, then pour at an angle a few times to make sure you get all of the cocktail into your glass.
Garnish with fresh blackberries and/or a lime wheel.
About Double Straining Your Drink
Double straining - straining the drink out of the cocktail shaker and through a fine mesh strainer - keeps the blackberry seeds and mint pieces out of your cocktail along with any little bits of ice that may have broken off while shaking. If you don’t mind some bits and pieces in your drink, feel free to skip this step.
- Make your simple syrup ahead of time. You don't want to use room temperature syrup in your drinks. It'll cause the ice to breakdown too quickly and water down your cocktail. >More about making Simple Syrup
- Don't have vanilla vodka on hand? Add ⅛ teaspoon of vanilla extract to regular vodka in your cocktail shaker to keep that delicate sweetness and vanilla twist in the drink.
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Glassware for Serving Martinis
Like all martinis, this cocktail is designed to be served "up" - without ice in the glass - so skip the rocks glass for a martini glass or classic coupe glass. Don't have either kind of serving glass? Try a small wine glass.