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**This post was originally published in Sept 2012**
This year seriously FLEW by, didn’t it? I feel like I think this every year, but this year by far felt the fastest. It might be because I got married, my first and only nephew turned one, a handful of friends got engaged, another handful had babies, our family dog of 17+ years passed away and the list of life events goes on and on. Lots and lots of personal things have happened this year (and lets not even get into all the crazy/unbelievable/life changing/heartfelt/
heartbreaking media stuffs that have happened this year).
Although a lot of new things have happened this year, we’re ending it with one of our favorite, old cocktails; our Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics! We’ve had this recipe up for a few years now, but its been a favorite of ours (it were even the signature cocktail at my husbands recent birthday get together)! It’s easy to get together, looks absolutely gorgeous and taste great! It’s not overly sweet at all (but you can control that with the amount of simple syrup you add) and the aroma from the meyer lemons is irresistible! I hope everyone has a fun and save New Years Eve and we’ll catch you all in the New Year!! Enjoy! xx, Jenny



My favorite cocktail is a gin and tonic. Lately, instead of coming home to a beer, it’s been a gin and tonic. Not in a lush kind of way, more in a Mad Men kind of way. It’s nice to have before dinner, and most of all, its perfect for the disgusting heat waves Los Angeles has been having. The good thing about gin and tonics and that the base of the drink is already there: gin, and tonic. You can add pretty much anything you want to this drink and it will be yummy. I add raspberries a lot, sometimes blueberries or basil, and sometimes-just mint. Whatever I have extra of really. This however has been by far my favorite flavor collaboration. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!
♥ Teri

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Blackberry and Meyer Lemon Gin and Tonics
Serves 4

12 blackberries
20 fresh mint leaves
2 Meyer lemons (can sub. regular lemons)
1/2 cup simple syrup
8 ounces high quality gin
tonic water

1. Set out four high ball glasses.
2. Place 3 blackberries and 5 mint leaves into each glass and muddle together.
3. Pour lemon juice, simple syrup and gin into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake for 1 minute.
4. Fill each glass with ice, and divide mixture from shaker into each glass. Top off each drink with tonic water, stir and serve.

  1. Meagan Not Specified Not Specified

    Seriously adore your food photography. Are you using Cinemagram for the gifs?

  2. McKenna Ryan Not Specified Not Specified

    These look delicious. and beautiful!! I want one right now!!

  3. Diane, A Broad Not Specified Not Specified

    G&Ts were my drink of choice last summer (this summer, rosé or kir, because hard alcohol is super expensive in France). I bet this’d be good with a spoonful of blackberry jam instead of the berries and syrup, for when you can’t get berries anymore.

  4. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar Not Specified Not Specified

    I could go for four of these right now. YUM!

  5. Averie @ Averie Cooks Not Specified Not Specified

    Stunning drink! And I love the close up of all those little bubbles and the GIF! I want it even more now!

  6. Katie @ Blonde Ambition Not Specified Not Specified

    G&Ts are one of my favorite drinks, but I do get sick of plain ones all the time. The berry + lemon combo sounds great!

  7. Ashley Not Specified Not Specified

    The colors. The bubbles. Perfect!!

  8. Eileen Not Specified Not Specified

    What a beautiful gin & tonic! And I love the fruit as well. I think I’m going to have to look out for blackberries at the farmer’s market this weekend…

  9. Angie @ Fitness Girl Kitchen Not Specified Not Specified

    This is one seriously beautiful drink. I am not crazy about gin & tonics but with these flavors I may just give them a try!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      I’m not the biggest gin and tonic fan either, but these flavors really make this drink special…especially if you can get your hands on some Meyer lemons :)

  10. addie | culicurious Not Specified Not Specified

    I would love to try this. I am a huge fan of gin! I’ve not really experimented much with it yet but this looks like the perfect gateway :) thanks for sharing!

  11. robyn Not Specified Not Specified

    these look great!

  12. caroline Not Specified Not Specified

    yummm! your photos are so incredible. i wish i had your skill!!

  13. Aimee Not Specified Not Specified

    These look fabulous! I’m assuming you could substitute vodka for gin for those friends who prefer vodka.

  14. Erin @ The Speckled Palate Not Specified Not Specified

    Ladies, this looks beyond delicious, and I think I might need something like this immediately. It’s a shame blackberries are scarce in these parts these days!

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  16. eli Not Specified Not Specified

    What are Meyer lemons? In the drink the lemon component simply looks like a lemon.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Meyer lemons are citrus fruits from china that are sort of a hybrid bw Lemons and mandarins…they’re slightly sweeter than regular lemons (they’re amazing). They look like small lemons but with a hint of orange in their skin. They’re pretty common these days and not too difficult to find.

  17. Susan P Not Specified Not Specified

    This drink looks absolutely delicious! Makes me thirsty!

    • deirdre Not Specified Not Specified

      I have a 60 year old bottle of Gin Gordons I think does it go bad and can you make ice cubes e’s with Gin.?

      • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

        Gin, similarly to vodka, won’t freeze completely…and I’m not quite sure if gin can go bad??!

  18. carol Not Specified Not Specified

    i am a G&T fan, this looks fab so i will try it but i may leave out the simple syrup as i am not a sweet fan. thanks for this cool beautiful looking cture.

  19. suebaby Not Specified Not Specified

    Good Lord! I just drooled all over my keyboard at work – AGAIN. Every time I visit your blog, it’s the same story… read, drool, read, drool… I look like a Saint Bernard.

    Deee-licious and inventive twist on one of my favorite cocktails – can’t wait til 5:00 so I can give this a whirl tonight. Tick-tock, tick-tock..!!!

  20. Yelle Not Specified Not Specified

    Oh my goodness! From the first picture I was thinking how delicious this drink looks, but then by the time I got to the last photo, I was simply drooling. Great drink!

  21. TFB Not Specified Not Specified

    I am in love. These are so girly and pretty! I am so having these at my 16th!! xx

  22. taylor Not Specified Not Specified

    you’re right, you can add anything to a G&T, and it’ll be tasty. i tried beetroot reduction recently, with delicious results! great colour too

  23. Laura Bear Not Specified Not Specified

    Wow these sound delicious. And I just love your gif…what a pretty blog!

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  25. Beth Not Specified Not Specified

    This sounds so good! I think I will need to make myself one tonight. :)


  27. Russell at Chasing Delicious Not Specified Not Specified

    I love the color in these drinks, not to mention the recipe!

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  35. Liondragoncustom Not Specified Not Specified

    Com esse friozinho que está fazendo aqui em Florianópolis, essa sopa será perfeita!!

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  38. Sophie Not Specified Not Specified

    I love this gorgeous take on the Gin&Tonic! What beautiful photography too!

    I just wondered what ‘simple syrup’ is exactly? I’m from the UK so apologies if this is something everyone knows of in the US. Is it essentially sugar?

    Sophie x

  39. Claire Not Specified Not Specified

    Gorgeous and delicious. Gin and tonics are one of my favorite drinks anyway; I feel like this drink could be my new go-to. Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for sharing.

  40. Holly Not Specified Not Specified

    The drink looked so glorious I had to try it. The taste is fabulous but I had to strain it as every time I wanted to take a sip, I got a mouth full of mint and berries. As a solution I put a couple of whole berries and one mint leaf in the bottom of a glass then pour the strained drink over the top. It is fabulous!!!!

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  43. Sylvia Not Specified Not Specified

    Great stuff, Imma try it!

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  45. Michelle Yonas Not Specified Not Specified

    Is Simple Syrup something you can buy or make?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      You can definitely make it! Simple syrup is just equal parts water and sugar, simmered in a pot until the sugar dissolves. Let it cool completely, then use away!

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  48. ctgal Not Specified Not Specified

    I have a Meyer lemon tree in my yard and don’t know what to do with all of them. This is a great idea!! Yum!! And thanks.

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  68. Nadine Not Specified Not Specified

    Hello, i would like to make this cocktail but i hâve à little problem With the traduction..:-) i am french… When you say “simple syrup” , is it BlackBerry syrup? And i don.t Find what is “meyer” lemon… Thanks for your help

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  78. neha Not Specified Not Specified


    This drink looks amazing….I was inspired and drilling by the time i saw the last image, dribbling with bubbles.

    I am curious to know what do you mean by simple syrup?

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Simple syrup is a 50/50 water and sugar combination. It’s gently simmered together until the sugar has dissolved and is then cooled before being ready to use. Enjoy!

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  96. Kacy Not Specified Not Specified

    just made one and it’s delicious!! it doesn’t look as pretty and colorful as yours though!

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    I added your cocktail to my roundup, I hope that you enjoy.

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  114. Rebekah Not Specified Not Specified

    just made these they are beautiful and delicious. I’m a lover of meyer lemons

  115. Wendy Not Specified Not Specified

    So yummy! I’ve made these a few times for my happy taste buds. Thank you for the keeper recipe.

  116. Dawn Not Specified Not Specified

    This is now our new favorite cocktail! We don’t use 3oz of gin (only 1oz) in each drink, only because we’re lightweights!

  117. Sabrina Not Specified Not Specified

    this looks very tasty, hadn’t thought of this combo before, thank you for sharing this, love the color too!

  118. Palladium Not Specified Not Specified

    i will try it but i may leave out the simple syrup as i am not a sweet fan.

  119. AngieG Not Specified Not Specified

    This looks so good! I’ll try to prepare this recipe this saturday on my girlsnight in! And I’ll definitely feature this recipe on my blog this month :) Thank you!

  120. Maureen Not Specified Not Specified

    Hi! I’m hosting a bachelorette party with a handful of pregnant guests and everyone having their own alcohol preference. How would you recommend I make this as a non-alcoholic punch for 15+ so that everyone can add their own liquor or go without? It’s just so beautiful I am dying to try it!

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      Hi!i would make a big batch of Meyer lemon simple syrup (omit 1 part water + add lemon juice) and just have fresh blackberries, mint leaves and tonic wAter out. You can make a bit of a DIY cocktail/mocktail bar so everyone can make theirs according to their preference :)

  121. Mieke Not Specified Not Specified

    Hello, I love this recipe. I make it every weekend almost. But i must say there are a few spelling mistakes in your directions. Don’t know if someone has mention it. But other than that is I love the recipe.

    • Jenny Park Not Specified Not Specified

      you are 100% right! SO many spelling errors, ick! The recipe has been updated! Thanks for letting us know! :)

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