Fresh blackberries find a perfect home in this fruity summer refresher.
1½ oz. vodka
½ oz. fresh lemon juice
½ oz. honey syrup
1 oz. sparkling mineral water (Johnson uses Topo Chico)
Tools: shaker, strainer
Garnish: blackberry and mint sprig
Muddle 3 blackberries in a shaker. Add the vodka, lemon and honey syrup with a small amount of ice. Shake hard. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Add sparkling water, then garnish.
Honey Syrup: Combine 1 cup honey and ⅓ cup water in a saucepan over medium heat and stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat, let cool to room temperature and transfer to a glass jar. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
Laura Johnson, You & Yours Distilling Co., San Diego
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