This Summer, I planted some blackberries out in my back yard, near the kid’s playground. While they aren’t mature enough for a useable harvest, there are a few, lone, bird-pecked harbingers of yumminess to come on the branches right now. I therefore had to trundle over to the store and buy some to eat. Well, to eat and to experiment with.
The last Mixology Monday had a lot of berry-based cocktails, as I noted previously, and I’ve been browsing the cocktailosphere for recipes (beyond those from MxMo XXX) that I want to try. Jay, at Oh Gosh!, has several, and one that is a real winner: The Country Bumpkin. While it wasn’t his Local Flavor cocktail, it could easily have been.
I’ve been on a Caipirinha kick lately, and the Bumpkin is a riff on that cocktail, both in construction and in name. (Read Jay’s post to see what I mean) Once I hit this beauty, I got no further in my berry experimentations. I’ve used up all my stash making these over and over.
A Caipirinha (I simply cannot pronounce this name!) is essentially a smashed up lime and Cachaça. Jay’s Bumpkin adds blackberries and changes to Gin. Looking for which gin to use, I settled on some DH Krahn….
Yes, dear boy. Calm down. I used the Krahn because it is so delicate and smooth. Next batch of promising berries I pick up, I’ll try some Broker’s to see how a burly spirit does. But I’m suspecting that lighter is better. Curiously, Jay made no recommendation in his post for a brand.
The other ingredient Jay adds is Peach Bitters. You really need to use this for the drink to work. And while the recipe calls for 2 dashes, make sure they are big dashes. My bottle gives little more than a drop each time, so I had to learn the hard way to put in enough.
- 2 ounces DH Krahn Gin
- 1/2 lime, cut into sixths
- 4 fresh blackberries
- 1/4 ounce simple syrup
- 2 large dashes Fee Brother’s Peach Bitters
In a Double Old-Fashioned glass, muddle the blackberries and lime wedges in with the simple syrup. Pour in the Gin and bitters. Stir slowly as you add ice until the glass is full. Garnish with more fresh blackberries.