Harvesting from the garden comes with a few surprising rewards: Cocktails anyone?

bramble 2For the intellectually curious, no doubt the LJs Bistro & Bar Cocktail Class: Mix & Master is the best 90 minutes and $50 you can spend. Learn by drinking and pick up some coveted tricks!

The great bartenders at LJs Bistro & Bar pride themselves on being knowledgeable about cocktail recipes and proficient in the art of properly serving their guests and patrons.

Spending part of the afternoon learning to become proficient with some classic cocktails, I walked away with a new favorite, what I like to call the Terry Berry Bramble. Built on the idea of a classic bramble with a couple of twists, this drink is fruit forward with a nice tang finish, the perfect drink for a hot day. Follow the recipe below and let us know what you think!

1 1/3 oz Big Gin
2/3 oz Lime Juice
1/3 oz Simple Syrup
½ oz Crème de Mure (Cassis)
¼ cup Blackberries
1 slice Orange Zest/Rind
1 cup crushed ice
1 Low Ball Glass

Add Blackberries and Orange zest with ice in a large glass and muddle. Pour your Big Gin, lime juice, simple syrup, Cassis in a shaker with several ice cubes shake well. Add muddled fruit and pour over crushed ice in a low ball glass.

Disclaimer: This drink is refreshing and not too sweet. Because this is not a liquor forward tasting cocktail, the effects may sneak up on you. Use for good or evil.

Enjoy the dark maroon color the blackberries give to this drink and sip slowly on a hot day. A big thanks to Lindsey, Tasha, our cocktail master, Blake, and students for making this event a great time. Stop by LJ’s for dinner, dessert, brunch and happy hour. Located at 805 Frontage Road, Lake Stevens LJ’s Bistro and Bar has extended summer hours. Open M-TH 3pm to 10pm and 3pm to 11pm Fri/Sat. Brunch hours Sundays 9:30am to 10pmbramble 1

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