Pickled Blackberry Cocktail

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 1 day 12 hr 30 min (includes pickling time)
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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2 1/2 cups bourbon

1 cup juice from Chai-Spiced Pickled Blackberries, recipe follows, plus pickled blackberries, for garnish

Juice of 2 or 3 limes 

1 1/2 cups ginger beer 

Crushed ice 

Chai-Spiced Pickled Blackberries:

3/4 cup rice wine vinegar

1/2 cup brewed black tea 

1/4 cup honey 

1/4 cup sugar 

6 cardamom pods 

6 whole cloves 

2 cinnamon sticks

One 1-inch chunk ginger, peeled and cut into quarters 

1 quart blackberries 


  1. Combine the bourbon, pickled blackberry juice and lime juice in a pitcher. Chill until ready to serve. When that time comes, add the ginger beer.
  2. Fill highball glasses with ice and pour the cocktail over the top. Garnish with a few pickled blackberries. Enjoy!

Chai-Spiced Pickled Blackberries:

Yield: 2 pints
  1. Combine the vinegar, tea, honey, sugar, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon and ginger in a saucepan. Heat over medium until the sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes -- you don't want the mixture to get too hot or it will cook the berries.
  2. Fill two pint-size Mason jars with the blackberries. Pour the pickling liquid over the berries. Seal with a lid and refrigerate for at least 3 days and up to 2 weeks.