Blackberries and limes are muddle together then topped with craft bourbon and ginger beer in this Blackberry Bourbon Mule. The tart lime and tasty berries compliment the smoky rich flavor of the bourbon.
So, initially I was going to make a bourbon smash. Except, someone else put that on the sheet and I didn’t want to make the exact same thing as that person. And, well, I knew they wouldn’t realize there was an exact duplicate and potentially change their recipe. So, I opted to change mine.
And it worked out because this blackberry bourbon mule is perfectly delicious. So much so that I drank both of those after the photo shoot. Both in a couple of hours. Come on people! I’m not that much of a lush!
Blackberries have been around a long time. Like 2500 years or so. The first evidence of them is in the stomach of a Danish woman. Native people in America, the Greeks and other Europeans have used many parts of the plant for medicinal purposes. These medicinal uses were published in a London pharmacopeia.
Did you know the leaves and bark when made into a tea can help whooping cough and intestinal problems? The roots can be used as an astringent. Chewing the leaves can help with mouth ulcers. And the fruit is high in vitamin C so it protected against scurvy. Not that we’re using this for medicinal purposes.
I always thought there were blackberry bushes growing in the woods near my house. But after reading up on blackberries, I’ve realized they’re probably black raspberries instead. They’re not the same as blackberries.
What’s the difference between the blackberry and black raspberry?
Just look to the core! Blackberries will have a white core and black raspberries will have a hollow core, just like raspberries. Black raspberries have small little hairs on them like raspberries. The cells (the round segmented bits) of the blackberry are larger than the black raspberry and they’re shinier. Finally, black raspberries are said to be sweeter than blackberries.
So, I’m hoping the bushes at the bottom of the stairs that lead to the creek are either raspberries or black raspberries. I know they’re some kind of berry and missed harvesting them last year. I will not this year. I started walking and my path can take me down by the creek or along the side of the road where they grow, too.
Since I’m such a bourbon girl I knew I had to pair these beauties with the delicious honey colored liquor. The smokey flavor of the bourbon and the bright tart flavor of the blackberries taste so good together! Then you throw in the sweet and spicy ginger beer and it makes for the best mule I’ve ever tasted or made!
Yes. I know a mule has vodka in it. But I thought the bourbon and the ginger beer would taste together. And I was right. Then I thought, “Why not toss in a lime and some berries for a summer time drink?” And, well, by that time I realized I was basically making a mule. So, I called it a blackberry bourbon mule. It’s sort of like stir-fry; it’s a method. You should be able to make the mule with any kind of liquor you want.
Just look at that delicious berry color there! And they eventually float to the top of the drink so you can nibble on them as you sip this perfectly summer drink! And it’s so bright and refreshing. I sipped on mine after walking the dogs on one of the hottest days we’ve had this year. Of course, it’ll get hotter. So I’ll need to make sure to keep these berries, bourbon, and ginger beer on hand and make them whenever I want.
I used a local craft bourbon. It’s very rich and delicious. Smoky and full of flavor. It’s one of my favorite bourbons. There’s other bourbons, of course, but since this one is made locally. And I like to support local businesses. Because they’re super nice and support me, too. If I tag them in a story or post, they will share it and comment on it. Even if I don’t tag them, they still interact with me on Instagram.
And they’re labels are all boxers. They even have one of a female boxer from a long time ago. The KO comes from their last names. And it took me a minute to realize that KO also meant Knock Out. I’m so not a boxing person. You can also see a KO tattooed somewhere on the boxers, too. I think that’s kind of funny.
I started to put this drink in the Derby glasses I got from KO. Then I thought you wouldn’t be able to see the color of the drink. So I figured I’d put it in the square old fashioned glasses I got. But they looked sort of small and figured that with the ice and bourbon I wouldn’t get much ginger beer in there. Finally, I landed on these glasses that I’ve used before. They’re super deco and fun. And they hold quite a bit of liquid. Just sayin.
#BerryWeek is now over! I hope you all enjoyed the recipes shared this week. I’m sure this is an event that we will repeat next year. I’m already thinking about what to put on the menu. And adding some of the delicious shared recipes to my menu, too.
- 1/2 cup fresh blackberries
- 2 lime wedges (about 1/4 of an average size lime)
- 4 ounces craft bourbon (I used local KO Bareknuckle Bourbon)
- 4 yo 6 ounces ginger beer
- Using a muddler or the handle of a wooden spoon, crush 1/4 cup of berries with one lime wedge in the bottom of 2 old fashioned glasses.
- Top the berries with ice.
- Pour 2 ounce of bourbon into each of the glasses.
- Top with ginger beer and serve garnished with additional berries and lime wedges.
Nutrition InformationYield 2 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 350Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 28mgCarbohydrates 59gFiber 4gSugar 51gProtein 1g
Friday Berry Week Recipes
- Blackberry Bourbon Mule by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Blueberry Buttermilk Muffins by The Redhead Baker
- Blueberry Lemonade by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Blueberry Muffin Cake by Sweet Beginnings
- Blueberry Cheesecake Salad by Eat Move Make
- Easy Blackberry Cobbler by Blogghetti
- Fresh Berry Toasts with Sweet Ricotta by Palatable Pastime
- Mixed Berry Scones by Family Around the Table
- Raspberry Mojitos by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Raspberry White Chocolate Poke Cake by Cheese Curd In Paradise
- Strawberry Avocado Smoothies by Daily Dish Recipes
- Summer Berry Charcuterie Board by The Freshman Cook
- Vegan Summer Berry Galette by The Baking Fairy