Cocktail of the Week: Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

Toast to the new year and a new you with this fun blackberry thyme sparkler! Check out the recipe on this episode of Cocktail of the Week.



  • 1 cup blackberries + 8 for garnish
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar

For the sparkler

  • 4 OZ. or ½ cup of gin
  • 1 bottle of champagne or prosecco, chilled
  • 4 long sprigs of thyme
  • gold baking sugar for the rim


  1. Bring blackberries, sugar, and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has thickened and turned to a bright pink/reddish color.
  2. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool.  This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.
  3. Dip each glass into a shallow plate filled with ¼ inch water, then dip in a plate filled with gold baking sugar.
  4. Add 1 ounce of gin to each champagne glass.
  5. Drop two blackberries in each glass.
  6. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne or prosecco, followed by ½ ounce of homemade blackberry simple syrup. Top with a sprig of thyme in each glass.


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