Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade Featuring Tom Dixon Studio At Amara Living

So many reasons to celebrate lately. So many birthdays, so many business successes for my gal pals, and tis the season for all the engagements and weddings! 

I have been so busy that I even forgot to host my guy's whisky night that I promised when I launched my Father's Day Gift Guide.    But don't worry...I will be getting to that as soon as I get back from my upcoming holiday!  

Anyhow, I like to try  a new cocktail each season, inspired by the flavors and spirits that remind me of that time of year. With summer in full swing and all those delicious blackberries I hand picked  and froze--I made the most refreshing blackberry lemonade whiskey cocktail today (inspired by this recipe from a fun food blogger I follow: Life as A Strawberry)   

This pretty sip will be in my hands all summer long!! I have been on a whiskey kick and this is just the loveliest tasting thing!!  So excited to show you how to make it!

So excited I got to play around with my fabulous Tom Dixon pieces too..... Amara Living   (whom I just adore) sent me the most amazing pieces to entertain with and I am so smitten. 

The Tank Whisky Decanter  is currently on sale for $95 too! Lucky you!! I adore the copper detailing.

And The Tom Dixon Plum Cocktail Shaker   is just the dreamiest piece. It's on sale too for $124 at Amara Living

Tom Dixon’s eponymous brand was created in 2002, with a mission to design, illuminate and furnish the future with innovative lighting, furniture and accessories of longevity, simplicity and materiality inspired by Britain’s unique heritage. His obsession with materiality, manufacturing and form begun in 1975 during his pottery A levels and life drawing classes. After a lesson in welding, Tom quickly applied the manufacturing technique to transform scrap metal into a range of semi-functional objects.

In 1987, a doodle of a chicken took Dixon from self-production into the Italian luxury goods industry. After several mutations, the doodle was transformed into the iconic S-chair; a unique sculptural seat that achieved a place in the permanent collection in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. In 1992 a shop was opened in London’s Notting Hill to provide a selling platform for fresh designs. Objects from Droog, Inflate and Michael Young were sold alongside Tom’s own design creations. In 2002, he was awarded with an O.B.E for services to design at Buckingham Palace.

Inspired by the nation’s unique heritage, the brand has a commitment to innovation and a mission to revive the British furniture industry. Tom Dixon’s extraordinary collection of lighting includes eye-catching pendant ceiling lights and the iconic Melt Light, each effortlessly illuminating a setting in luxury style. Whilst scented candles inspired by form and material create the ultimate in relaxation. Using copper detailing and unique shapes, Tom Dixon translates his renowned style into a range of furniture, vases and accessories each are revolutionary yet remain suitable for everyday use.

 

INGREDIENTS

FOR THE BLACKBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP:

  • 12 oz. fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water (optional, see recipe notes)

FOR THE BLACKBERRY WHISKEY LEMONADE:

  • 1 cup whiskey
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 large rosemary sprig
  • 3/4 cup blackberry simple syrup (recipe above)
  • 1 cup tonic water or sparkling wine (optional, see recipe notes)

INSTRUCTIONS

FOR THE BLACKBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP:

  1. Put the blackberries, sugar, and water (if you’re using it, see recipe notes) in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Cook for 15-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until blackberries have softened and you have a thick syrup.
  3. Strain syrup through a mesh sieve to separate any seeds or lumps from the syrup. You can discard the leftover pulp, although I like to freeze it in ice cube trays and pop a cube or two in smoothies.
  4. Let syrup cool on the counter for 20 minutes or so before you make the drinks.

FOR THE BLACKBERRY WHISKEY LEMONADE

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large shaker and add a handful or two of ice cubes. Depending on the size of your shaker, you may have to shake the drinks in two batches.
  2. Shake to combine and chill drinks.
  3. Pour over ice into glasses. Top each drink with a splash of tonic water or sparkling wine (optional) and serve immediately.

NOTES

If you have especially juicy, height-of-the-season blackberries, you may not need to add water to your simple syrup. If you’re using frozen or out-of-season blackberries, or if you just want to cut the sweetness of the syrup a bit, add 1/2 cup of water when you make your blackberry syrup.

Lighten the drinks up a bit (and stretch them to serve more people!) by topping each drink off with a splash of tonic water or sparkling wine.

Make the blackberry syrup in advance and keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for easy drink assembly when you’re ready to serve! Strained syrup will keep for up to a week in the fridge.

Use basil instead of rosemary for a fun twist!

For a stronger herb flavor, add a sprig or two of rosemary to the blackberry syrup while it cooks.

You can substitute other liquors for the whiskey in this recipe if you like – personally, though, I love the depth of flavor that whiskey or bourbon bring to this cocktail!

What are your favorite Whiskey Cocktail Recipes???!

OXOOXOXO
SAM

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