An easy to make, gin based cocktail made with fresh muddled blackberries, fresh lemon juice and topped with your favorite ginger beer. Make this easy, refreshing, keto friendly cocktail and you won’t be disappointed!
Back with another fun cocktail that’s a part of my Bon Appeteach “Book Club” series. This is a series of monthly book inspired cocktails that have nothing to do with reading actual books, but just an excuse to make a silly named drink that happens to taste delicious!
This months drink was inspired by the self-help book called How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie. I thought this book was the perfect inspiration for this series considering my job and well, my love for gin.
So this is really how to gin friends and by default… hopefully win them (over) with this delicious cocktail instead.
The cocktail today is a keto friendly riff on a classic blackberry bramble. This cocktail is super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients. Make sure to read some tips for keeping this keto and low carb friendly, but using standard ingredients will work just fine as well!
- Cocktail Shaker
- Collins Glasses
- Toothpick Skewer (for garnish)
- Knife & Cutting Board
Shaken, Not Stirred-
This cocktail by nature is already fairly low carb. Blackberries and lemon juice naturally are not high in sugar. A good rule of thumb when it comes to most spirits too are that they are zero carb (that doesn’t mean they can’t still impact ketosis or weight loss, you can read more about alcohol and a keto diet with this article too).
If you have a pallet that desires a little more sweetness, feel free to add some Keto Simple syrup as well to this recipe. I find that depending on how sweet the blackberries are it probably doesn’t need it (unless you really like your cocktails on the sweeter side).
The ginger beer in this recipe can be subbed with diet ginger ale or my favorite keto friendly ginger beer made by Zevia to be lower in carb as well. Use what works for you!
Start by combining a dry gin (London dry is my go to, just avoid botanical gins in this recipe), the keto simple syrup (if desired), lemon juice and about six blackberries into the cocktail shaker. Use a muddler to muddle the berries and slightly macerate them.
Add some ice and then shake until chilled. Add crushed ice to your Collins glass (Collins glasses work best with carbonated drinks) and double strain the mixture into the glass. Double straining prevents seeds from making their way into your drink.
Once the bramble base is added, top the drink with your ginger beer and stir slightly. Garnish with some lemon wheels inside the glass for color, then add a few blackberries and spring of mint for color to the top as well.
This cocktail pairs so well with my Keto Goat Cheese Balls or these easy to make salmon cakes. Thanks for partaking in another month of the Bon Appeteach “Book Club”! If you love this cocktail be sure to check out these other delicious libations too –
How to Gin Friends and Influence People- A Keto Blackberry Bramble
- 1.5 oz London Dry Gin
- .74 oz Keto Simple Syrup
- 1/2 Lemon juiced
- 6-8 Blackberries depending on size
- 3 oz. Ginger Beer Zevia or diet for low carb
- Mint lemon wheel, and blackberries for garnish
- Crushed Ice
- Combine the gin, keto simple syrup, lemon juice and blackberries into a cocktail shaker. Muddle the berries and then add ice. Shake the cocktail mixture until chilled.
Double strain the mixture over crushed ice in your glass, then top with the ginger beer, garnish, and serve.