Tag Archive: Soda Water

Blackberry Gin Fizz

How can I let delicious fresh blackberries go to waste… Time to have some creative license and make a cocktail. I took some inspiration from a recipe I found online, but tweaked the proportions a little too my liking. I have to say, my ice smashing mallet that a friend gifted me is the perfect implement for these fruity summer cocktails – helps the garnish sit on top!

Here’s the lowdown on my creation:

  • 2 large fresh blackberries
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 0.5 ounce simple syrup
  • Splash of soda water

Muddle the blackberries, simple syrup and lime juice in a cocktail shaker. Add the gin and strain into a Collins glass. Fill half the glass with crushed ice and stir. Add soda water and fill the glass with more ice. Garnish with a blackberry.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Lots of blackberry flavor, but not as sweet as I would have expected.
  • Soda water adds some summer fizzy fun to the drink – could skip and serve up as a desert drink!
  • There is a dry finish from the Gin, but overall this is a well balanced cocktail.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating – 8/10
  • Sweetness – 7/10
  • Strength – 3/10
  • A refreshing summer alternative to the classic Gin and tonic.

Raspberry Press

Happy Hour at the Melting Pot!  Met up with our friend after her performing her civic duty on a jury.  Needless to say she was in need of a drink.  Started the evening a Vin de Syrah, moved upstairs for some cheese fondue at The Melting Pot.  This has to be one of the best happy hour deals in downtown San Diego.  Let’s just say that the bartender made it even cheaper.  Oh, and by the way, its International Women’s Day.

It was dealers choice at the bar.  After looking over the cocktail choices on the Happy Hour menu they all seemed kind of feminine.  Being a man I asked him if he could take it up a notch.  What lay before me was a double Raspberry Press.

  • Raspberry Vodka
  • Soda Water
  • Seven Up

Served in a pint glass over ice.  Garnished with an orange slice.

Dave’s Thoughts:

  • Tastes like one of those flavored soda water drinks – you know – the ones without any sugar.
  • The vodka fades away in the drink, and you get the taste of raspberry and the scent of the orange,
  • Drink up – this one’s strong.

Tasting Notes:

  • Dave’s Rating: 6/10
  • Strength: 7/10
  • Sweetness: 3/10
  • One was enough.  Mediocre and strong.