Blackberry Basil Sparkler

Rum never tasted so good than in this sparkling cocktail made with fresh blackberries, basil, and honey. Perch for summer months on the porch.

Blackberry Basil Sparkler

The final World Cup match is today between Germany and Argentina. I cannot believe this is it for another 4 years, but maybe that’s what makes it even more exciting. Although I’m not sure what I am going to do for the next month and a half between now and the start of college football! Which brings me to today’s recipe. It may not be futbol or football inspired, but it does celebrate the summer berries which are in season right now. Zainab originally made this cocktail with strawberries but since we have moved on to other berries in TN I used blackberries. I even decided to sweeten it with some key lime honey.

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Makes 1 cocktail


4-6 blackberries

2-3 basil leaves

1 Tbsp honey (I used Winter Park key lime honey)

2 oz. (1/4 cup) white rum, chilled

Sparkling water, club soda, or lemon-lime soda, chilled


  1. In the bottom of a tall glass cup place the blackberries, basil leaves and honey. Muddle together. Stir in the rum. Add ice cubes and fill with carbonated beverage of choice. Serve, garnished with more blackberries and basil if desired.

Source: Adapted from Blahnik Baker.


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