It seems I’m hell-bent on getting you all to love champagne cocktails as much as I do, since I’ve posted several in the past month or so. I’ll worry about what that means later- for now, I’ve got another gem to share with you thanks to my new favorite website The Effortless Chic. Effortlessy chic is exactly how I’d describe this drink- smooth, refreshing, with a hint of winter thanks to the thyme.
I wasn’t able to find gold baking sugar (I didn’t look that hard), but regular sugar works just fine. This is an exquisitely elegant cocktail to serve for your next ladies night- it’s easy to make (make the syrup ahead of time) yet looks like it could be found at a trendy restaurant.
Blackberry Thyme Sparkler
(Makes 4 Cocktails)
•1 c. blackberries + 8 more for garnish
•1 c. Water
•1 c. sugar
•1 bottle of champagne
•4 ounces or 1/2 c. gin
•4 long sprigs of thyme
•1 c. ice
• gold baking sugar for the rim
In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/reddish color. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool. This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.
Prepare your champagne glasses. Okay, so here is a dirty little secret of getting those beautiful salts and sugars to stay atop the rim: butter. It adheres perfectly and you honestly never taste it. Place the tiniest amount between your fingers and rub just around the rim of the glass before dipping the glass into the gold baking sugar.
Next, begin by adding 1 ounce of gin to each champagne glass. Next drop two blackberries in each glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with a sprig of thyme in each glass.