Honestly, we can't get enough of fun cocktails this summer. Ingredients like berries, are so fresh right now that making a cocktail for a party or a girl's night out can be super easy and delicious! Blackberries are kind of gorgeous and we couldn't resist making them our star ingredient for our blackberry gin fizz!
All you need is five ingredients and you can whip up happy hour any night of the week. Who needs a fancy cocktail lounge, when you can create a drink that's just as special right at home?
- Fresh Blackberries
- Soda Water
- Fresh Lemons
- Agave Nectar
- Crushed Ice
- With an immersion blender or regular blender, mix about a cup of blackberries with 2 tbsp. agave nectar and blend until smooth. You can add a tsp. of water if you need a little more liquid. (You could also just muddle the berries and agave in the bottom of a cocktail shaker if you don't have a blender.)
- For each glass, use about 2 tbsp. of blackberry puree, 1 oz. of gin, juice from one lemon and shake vigorously in cocktail shaker.
- Fill a glass with ice, pour blackberry mixture over ice.
- Top the drink off with soda water and garnish with cocktail stirrer and fresh berries.
- Repeat with each glass until they are all full.
*To crush your own ice, place ice cubes in a pillow case and crush with a rolling pin, hammer, or something else that will crush the ice. You could use a plastic Ziploc too, but it could break through the bag, so the pillowcase is less messy!
How gorgeous is this drink?
Now that you've had your fill of this delicious cocktail, let's move on to our DIY project! Cocktail stirrers, also known as swizzle sticks, are such an easy way to make your drink a bit more festive. Whether you are throwing a party, going out with the girls, or just enjoying a cocktail on your own, adding something bright and fun will make drinking that cocktail even more exciting. We have two different types of stirrers to show you today. And you might recognize them, as they are the same ones we made for our Girls Night Out!
First lets discuss the materials you need...
You will also need an Elmer's glue stick, a hot glue gun (with glue sticks), and scissors. But we figured you already knew what those looked like. These two DIYs are super simple and easy, so let's get started....
Glitter Heart Swizzle Stick:
- Use your heart punch (we used a 1 1/2" punch) to punch out hearts. You will need two hearts for each stick. One for the front and one for the back. Punch as many as you need.
- Take two hearts and cover the white side/non-glitter side with Elmer's glue. Then grab your skewer (ours were 5 1/2" in length) and adhere it to one of the hearts. Take your second heart and line it up with the other and press down. Make sure your skewer is nice and snug in the the middle of the hearts.
- Continue until you've made the amount of swizzle sticks you need.
Paper Fringe Swizzle Stick:
- Plug in your hot glue gun, so it can get nice and hot.
- Take your tissue paper, and cut it into pieces that are about 3" wide x 2" high. Take these pieces and cut vertical strips into them. Make sure to stay about 1/4" away from the edge or you will cut/tear through your piece. For each swizzle stick you will need 2 gold pieces and 1 pink piece. Let's call these pieces your fringe.
- Take your skewer and place a dot of hot glue at the top of your stick. Next, take a gold fringe piece and adhere the bottom/un-cut edge to your dot of glue. You want the fringe to be sticking up above the stick. Then wrap it around the skewer, until you are out of fringe. Place another dot of glue to secure the piece. Try to wrap the paper around itself instead of moving vertically down the skewer, this way the fringe will be fuller once you are done.
- Next, use the same process with your pink fringe piece and your second gold fringe piece. You want to keep each piece you adhere pretty much on top of the one before it. When you are done, you will have only covered about 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of the skewer.
- Once all three fringe pieces are attached, use your fingers to fluff it up so it's nice and full!
- That's it! Now, go pour yourself a drink! You've earned it!
The Rodéo Girls