Pure Blackberry Smashby Chef Marcus Samuelsson
Pure Blackberry Smash
By Marcus Samuelsson for Pure Leaf Tea House Collection
YIELD: Serves 2
For the drink:
4 blackberries muddled
1/8 cup Thyme Simple Syrup
¼ cup Pure Leaf Tea House Collection
Black Tea Wild Blackberry & Sage
½ oz lemon juice
1 ½ oz bourbon
3 ounces sparkling water or gingerale
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large shaker. Shake and double strain over fresh ice. Garnish with a skewer of fresh blackberries. For alcoholic version: Add 1 oz four roses bourbon
For the thyme-infused simple syrup:
1 cups water
½ cup sugar
1 fresh thyme sprigs
- In a saucepan over low heat, combine the water and sugar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
- Remove from the heat and add the thyme sprigs. Let steep for 10 minutes, then cool to room temperature before using.
- Place the unused simple syrup in a sealed container and store in fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- VIRGIN VERSION: Double the amount of tea and serve without bourbon.
TIP: Infusing a simple syrup with herbs, such as thyme, basil, rosemary is a great way to add another flavor to your iced tea, your cocktails or marinades at home.