Cocktail Time: Cucumber Blackberry Tonic
Hey kids! The sun is out and the weather is warming up (well, I assume it is for most people – just not here), and you know what that means – it’s cocktail time! Even though I can’t participate in a true cocktail time this summer, I love mixing up drinks and new concoctions for the husband. Plus, most of the cocktails I make are mocktail friendly, so I can at least enjoy the ambiance that comes with cocktail time.
This cocktail was inspired by a project that my friends at RedEnvelope have going on right now called ‘My Favorite Summertime Cocktail’. I have always enjoyed a good summertime cocktail, so, to be honest, I didn’t really need much inspiration.
This cocktail truly feels like summertime in a glass to me. The fresh cucumber gives the drink a light touch, while the blackberries add a burst of flavor that’s not too sweet and not too tangy. The tonic water and gin give it just enough kick to help you unwind on the deck after a long day.
To create this cocktail, you’ll need the following:
- 5-6 Fresh Blackberries
- 3 slices Cucumber
- 4 oz Tonic Water
- 1 oz Gin (optional)
To prepare the cocktail, simply mash the blackberries gently in the bottom of your drink glass. Add two slices of cucumber followed by enough ice to fill up the glass. Pour in the gin and the tonic water. Give the drink a gentle stir, place a slice of cucumber on the side, and serve.
And there you have it! A totally easy, totally delicious summertime cocktail that can also be a delightful mocktail if you’re so inclined. I know I’ll be enjoying more than a few of these over the summer. For more ideas on great summer cocktails, be sure to follow RedEnvelope on Twitter or the hashtag #redbar.
A Side Note:
When fellow vegan athlete, Missi, reached out to me wondering if I’d point people towards an article on vegan athletes, I knew it was something I wanted to do. I love Missi’s story and like her, I worried if I would be able to make the gains I was wanting while on a vegan diet. Missi’s article is informative and inspiring in that it shows that attitudes in athletics are changing and that vegan diets are truly a great option for high-performance athletes. Here’s a bit from Missi herself…
Becoming a vegan was not an easy choice for me because at the time, I feared for my health. I’ve met many people who have taken up veganism for many kinds of reasons, be it ethical, moral or as a lifestyle choice, but together we have found ways to make sure it keeps us healthy. Whatever the reason, researching and exploring what other accomplished vegans eat is a good way to start your journey to ensure you’re getting everything you need from your diet. Athletes are great examples as they have to include all the right micro and macro nutrients in their meal plan in order to be successful in their chosen sport. For more on vegan athletes visit this article.
Disclaimer: I was in no way compensated for this post, I just really like RedEnvelope and Cocktails!