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Dancing Queen: A Blackberry Cocktail

Dancing Queen blackberry vodka summer cocktail

A berry-sweet taste of summer.

Florida bartenders need to know a thing or two about cooling drinks in summertime, and this bright mix of vodka, falernum, lime, and the season’s best blackberries is utterly crushable.


  • 1 3/4 oz. vodka
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz. falernum
  • 1/2 oz. blackberry syrup
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:Collins
  • Garnish:dehydrated lime slice


Shake all of the ingredients with ice, then strain into a glass filled with crushed ice, and garnish.

Blackberry SyrupIn a saucepan over medium heat, combine 2 cups of sugar with 1 cup of water and stir until sugar has dissolved. Add 1 cup of fresh blackberries and reduce heat to a simmer; cook for about 15-20 minutes. Let the mixture cool, then strain out the solids and bottle the syrup for use. Keeps refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

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