Blackberry Cosmopolitan with orange bitters

August 11, 2011

One of the most succulent little jewels of summer is the blackberry. Sweet, tart, almost inky-black, these berries are intensely flavorful… and make the taste buds tingle.

In my version of the iconic Cosmopolitan, fresh blackberry purée is spiked with orange bitters for a quintessential summer cocktail.

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Blackberry Cosmopolitan with Orange Bitters

serves 2
active time: 15 min

For the blackberry purée

  1. 6 oz (170 g) fresh blackberries

For the cocktails

  1. 3 oz (90 ml) vodka
  2. 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) Saint Germain Elderflower Liqueur
  3. 1 1/2 oz (45 ml) blackberry purée (see Step 1)
  4. 1/2 oz (15 ml) fresh lime juice
  5. 2 dashes orange bitters
  1. thin slices of orange as garnish

  1. Step 1: Place the blackberries in the bowl of a food processor. Process until liquidy, about 1 minute. Transfer to a fine sieve suspended over a bowl. With a silicone spatula, stir the purée until all the juices have been strained and only the seeds are left behind. Discard seeds. You should have 4 1/2 oz (133ml) of purée – enough to make 6 Cosmopolitans. Transfer purée into a squeeze bottle and refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 day.
  2. Step 2: To make the cocktails – Shake the vodka, liqueur, blackberry purée, lime juice and bitters with ice cubes until a thin layer of frost appears on the outside of the shaker. Strain into martini glasses. Garnish with an orange slice and serve immediately.

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Blackberry Cosmopolitan with orange bitters

cocktail, cosmopolitan, blackberry

Fee Brothers West Indian Orange Bitters

Here’s another stunning cocktail using seasonal berries: Raspberry-champagne mojito.

© 2011 Viviane Bauquet Farre Food & Style NY LLC

Disclaimer: As always, my point of view is my own. I do not accept samples, and have no commercial relationship with any product, food or wine company.

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

Claire August 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

Sounds perfect for summer!


Curt August 12, 2011 at 11:21 am

Okay, you’re really making me thirsty now!

That sounds really tasty with the blackberry purée. Or maybe it was your exquisite description.


Lori Lynn August 12, 2011 at 11:24 am

Sounds perfect.
Viviane – I adore that photo. I’m trying to figure out how you shot it. Is the table glass, and the wall painted blue? The colors are exquisite.


Viviane August 13, 2011 at 2:37 pm

Lori Lynn, It took quite a while for me to get this photo right. For some reason, the blackberry cosmopolitain makes me dream of sitting on a sunny terrace, overlooking a stunning ocean view. So I tried to create this right in my living room. The walls are white, and yes, my table is glass. I used a blue background and lights to create the far away, sunny, blue feeling. I’m so glad you like it… Cheers!


Lori Lynn August 30, 2011 at 10:13 am

Thanks for the explanation. It’s awesome.


Kelly August 12, 2011 at 11:50 am

What a fabulous cocktail, love this!! :)


Ann August 12, 2011 at 8:11 pm

As always – stunning. I love black berries!


Sandra August 12, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Beautiful Viviane!


Dave at eRecipeCards August 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

This is such a beautiful post. delicious sounding recipe and AMAZING photos!


janet@fromcupcakestocaviar August 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

Ooooo; yum! And I don’t even drink much :-D


Viviane August 13, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments everyone! Wishing you a great weekend and raising a chilled glass of blackberry cosmopolitan to you all!


Liz August 14, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Oooh, yummy! And stunning, too~


Treat and Trick August 15, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Fabulous drink and I just love the way you clicked them!


Caroline Taylor August 15, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I could very easily drink this right now. It looks and sounds so nice. I never make cocktails but I must start!


Angie@Angiesrecipes August 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm

It must have been a century since I last had a cosmopolitan!! O man..I didn’t know I miss orange bitter until now….gotta visit liquor store tomorrow.


Donna Ford August 25, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I love Blackberry’s! Looks delicious. Thank you for sharing Viviane!


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