When life gives you Maker’s Mark, you make The Belmont Bramble! This cocktail is a must make for the Belmont Stakes and is sure to turn anyone into a whiskey lover!
We love watching the three big horse races each year. For one race each year, our friends Chuck and Jim have a few people over for cocktails and dinner party. It’s always a great time. This year we went over for the Kentucky Derby and last year was for The Belmont Stakes. With The Belmont coming up again I wanted to pay them back for their hospitality and have the guys over to over house this time. And nothing says welcome like a fabulous cocktail!
Blackberries are one of my favorite summer fruits. and I couldn’t think of anything better than using them to create a modern twist on the traditional Belmont Jewel cocktail. With blackberries being the theme, I wanted to give this drink a new name, and The Belmont Bramble was born. (Since blackberries grow on bramble bushes ya know.)
The earthy basil in this drink pairs beautifully with fresh blackberry puree and lemonade. Combine it all in a shaker with some Marker’s Mark Whisky and you’ve got one heck of a cocktail for race day! I swear this Belmont Bramble can turn just about anyone into a whiskey drinker. What are you serving up for the big race?
- 2½ ounces Marker's Mark Whisky
- 2 ounces fresh blackberry puree (recipe below)
- 5 ounces lemonade
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil, finely chopped
- 6 blackberries, for garnish
- 2 small basil leaves, for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour in the Marker's Mark Whisky, blackberry puree, lemonade, and add the basil. Cover and shake vigorously for 30 seconds until the shaker to very cold.
- Remove the cover from the shaker and strain the cocktail into 2 rocks glasses filled with ice. If needed, pour a little more lemonade on top to fill each glass.
- Add 2 blackberries to the cocktail and place the third blackberry on the rim of the glass with a basil leaf next to it.
6 ounces fresh blackberries
1 tablespoon sugar
Add the blackberries and sugar to a food processor.Puree until smooth.
Pour the puree into a fine mesh sieve and use a rubber spatula or the back of a spoon to press the puree through the sieve. This will remove all of the solids and leave with a gorgeous, smooth puree.
Makes about ½ cup
This post is sponsored by Maker’s Mark. I received free product for recipe development. All opinions are 100% my own.