The Ward 8 is a cocktail with a long history…
Lemonade is summertime staple because it is sweet, yet just tart enough to be refreshing on a hot day. I like to have a pitcher of it on hand all season, both to enjoy on its own and to use as a base for more exciting drinks. This Blackberry Mint Lemonade is a delicious summer cocktail that you can build on that lemonade base. It is made with gin – I recommend a gin like FEW or Hendricks, rather than a London dry gin, given the choice – blackberries and mint. The berries add a nice sweetness and a great color to the cocktail, while the mint makes the drink seem especially cooling. They’re easy to drink, so make sure you have plenty of your base ingredients on hand so that you can mix up another round.
This is a great party drink because it is easy to make in batches. You can also make a non-alcoholic version by omitting the gin and replacing it with additional lemonade, which means that you can easily serve this drink to a mixed crowd of adults and kids at a summer barbecue without any extra prep required.
4 oz. Lemonade
2 oz. Gin
8-10 Mint Leaves
Put blackberries in the bottom of a mixing glass with mint leaves and muddle. Pour in gin and lemonade. Add ice and shake vigorously. Double strain into a glass with ice. Garnish with mint leaves.
*This recipe was featured in the Summer 2014 issue of Wisconsin Meetings magazine.