In my day signature cocktails were for weddings and holiday parties. Lately it seems every backyard BBQ or Sunday coffee hour is a perfect excuse to serve up a special elixir "just for such an occasion." Am I right? I blame Pinterest.
Nowadays everyone's a mixologist and every picnic, birthday party or potluck isn't worth its salt without the perfect libation accompaniment. But before I climb too far up on my high horse I should mention that this is one trend I'm warming up to. After all, there are actually a lot of great reasons why serving a signature drink at your next get-together might be something you should consider.
For one, a fun cocktail is a great conversation starter and you can get everyone involved in making their own. It's also a great way to use up any seasonal produce that you're drowning in from your garden or co-op. And in addition, it can also be a great way to save money. Instead of stocking up on multiple varieties of wine, beer, or spirits for your next party you can instead buy a larger (and more economical) bottle of one spirit. And if it's going to be mixed into a cocktail anyway you can definitely skip the top shelf stuff and save yourself even more money.
This Blackberry Mojito is a crowd pleaser that would be perfect to serve at your next get-together. It's not terribly difficult to make but it's stunningly beautiful – especially when served in a mason jar. Where I live in New England blackberries are abundant in early fall so right now is a great time to snag a punnet of blackberries at a great price.
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