1 3/4 ounces Irish whiskey (The Irishman Single Malt)
3/4 ounce lime juice (fresh)
3 1/2 ounces sparkling water (or enough to fill the glass)
Garnish: lemon peel
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the blackberries with simple syrup.
Add lime and whiskey and shake well with ice.
Double strain into a tall glass over fresh ice.
Top up with sparkling water.
Garnish with a lemon peel and blackberry.
Serve and enjoy!
Double straining will help keep bits of berry out of your finished drink. It's also very easy and means that you'll pour the drink through a fine mesh strainer while using your regular cocktail strainer.
A single lime typically yields between 1/2 and 1 ounce of juice. Depending on the size and juiciness of your lime, you may need more than one for this cocktail.
To maximize the juice of your lime, let it warm to room temperature then roll it under the palm of your hand before cutting it in half.
Before adding the lemon peel garnish to your cocktail, give the peel a gentle squeeze over the drink to express its oils, adding a soft citrus essence to the taste.
Though blackberries are recommended and pair really well with this particular Irish whiskey, feel free to use raspberries.
The blackberry malt was created by The Irishman, so it's only natural that it is the recommended whiskey. You can, of course, pour any Irish whiskey you like and enjoy a perfectly good cocktail.
This recipe works just as well with other styles of whiskey. Try it with a smooth blended Canadian whiskey or your favorite bourbon.
Seltzer is unflavored sparkling water, and club soda will create a nearly identical drink. If you want to add a little sweetness and extra flavor, pour a lemon-lime soda or ginger ale instead.