The Story Behind The Spiked Blackberry Lemonade

This past week I took a trip to New York, and while enjoying the sights I came across a shop selling fresh blackberry lemonade that was so delicious, I knew I’d have to recreate it when I returned home. But the lemonade was missing one thing. Booze. So I headed to the store to grab all the necessary ingredients that would take my drink to the next level.

When I got home I first made the blackberry simple syrup by combining sugar, water and fresh blackberries in a pot and letting it simmer until all the sugar was dissolved and the flavor of the blackberries had imparted itself sufficiently into the mix. With my simple syrup ready, I then added the lemon juice and white rum, creating a fantastic cocktail that will always remind me of New York.


  • 2 oz white rum
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • ½ oz blackberry simple syrup (recipe below)
  • 1.5 cups ice


  1. Combine the simple syrup, lemon juice and rum in cocktail shaker with 1 cup of ice.
  2. Shake hard to combine and chill ingredients and strain into a cocktail glass filled with fresh crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with blackberries.

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Updated: 2020-03-02

Blackberry Simple Syrup Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ cup fresh blackberries

Blackberry Simple Syrup Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a pot and simmer until all the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Place in the fridge to cool for at least an hour.
Spiked Blackberry Lemonade Recipe