I am SO hooked on this blackberry sangria recipe I posted last summer from Carrabbas and it’s now “the drink” I make every time I have company. After checking out World Market and all the liquor stores in town, the Monin Blackberry Syrup required for this recipe was impossible to find. Amazon offered a single bottle for $10 shipping, or a 4-pack with free shipping. Loving these sangrias so much and to get free shipping, I went for it with the 4-pack.
With a huge stock in my bar cabinet, I thought it would be fun to come up with other uses for this blackberry cocktail syrup. Monin has SO many flavors to choose from including vanilla, raspberry, blood orange, pomegranate, strawberry and so many more.
- Blackberry Sangria – In a pitcher, combine 1 bottle of red wine, 6.5 ounces of Tuaca, 14 ounces of Monin Blackberry Mix Syrup, and 14 ounces of cranberry juice. Serve over ice, spritz with a splash of sprite, and garnish with a blackberry. Garnish with blackberries.
- Blackberry Mojito – In a tall glass, muddle 10 mint leaves and four lime wedges sliced from half a lime. Fill glass with ice, 1.5 ounces of rum, 1/2 ounce simple syrup, 1/4 ounce of blackberry syrup, top with soda water and stir. To make your own simple syrup, mix equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan, simmer until sugar is dissolved, remove from heat and allow to cool.
- Blackberry Tea – In a tall glass filled with ice, combine 1 ounce of blackberry syrup and freshly brewed tea. The blackberry syrup is the perfect sweetner for unsweet tea. It tends to get a little too sweet when mixed with sweet tea. Garnish with blackberries.
- Blackberry Lemonade – Besides the blackberry sangria, this blackberry lemonade is my second fav use for the syrup! In a tall glass filled with ice, combine 1 ounce of blackberry syrup and lemonade (I use Simply Lemonade, my summertime addiction). Garnish with a lemon.
- Blackberry Martini – In a shaker filled with ice, combine 1/2 ounce of blackberry syrup with 2 ounces of vodka. Shake until chilled and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with a blackberry on the rim.
Other fun ways to use this cocktail syrup include snow cones, a splash in a glass of champagne (YUM!), a mug of hot chocolate or chocolate coffee, or blended in a frozen margarita. A friend also suggested this would be an amazing swirl inside of a cheesecake.
What other ways can you think of to use flavored cocktail syrup?