A Blackberry Sidecar is just the fruity cocktail your summer plans need. It’s boozy and slightly sweet, with a little tartness on the end of each sip. 

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I’m late with the cocktail this week, I know. How dare I deprive you all from this perfectly satisfying blend of fresh blackberries and brandy?

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know that I have been in Vegas for the past couple of days.

All I can say is Vegas won and I am utterly exhausted. The team I was out there with is well-seasoned and I am definitely not able to keep up (and need to learn to stop trying to, really).

Though I called it a night fairly early both nights (before midnight is early, right?), two days of running around a conference seriously takes it out of me. 

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I really have no idea how I am awake right now. I am just in this fog of trying to stay awake and focus while also trying to make sense to those around me. It’s successful… thus far…

Also, let me tell you right now that my feet are KILLING ME.

Even with the best shoes, my feet are still in insane pain.

However once I start looking at photos of this blackberry sidecar, my spirits start to lift a little and I begin to wake up! It’s the memory of making this cocktail before I left town that is reminding me how to be positive without falling asleep at my desk. 

The perfect blackberry sidecar is fresh and fruity with a touch of sweetness. It’s one that highlights the fresh blackberries, is a little boozy, but ultimately is super refreshing. 

The addition of fresh lemon juice in this cocktail brightens up the drink even more, giving that little hint of acid to make it all balance just right. 

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It’s amazing the effect a good cocktail has on my mood. I really appreciate when a hand-crafted cocktail is placed in front of me to indulge in. It’s not about the booze or the buzz, it’s about the flavor.

Just like some people appreciate fine wine, I appreciate a fine cocktail like this one.

Cheers to the end of another week!

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This Recipe’s Must-Haves

You know what the best part about this cocktail is? The fact that it is 1) SO EASY and 2) doesn’t require a ton of tools to make it. 

A muddler is the main tool you will need to break up all the berries and really bring out the flavorful juices. You will also need a cocktail shaker (I prefer a Boston shaker) to shake up the entire cocktail. 

Finally make sure you have a cocktail strainer and serve it in your favorite double old fashioned glasses. I bought the ones you see here at Crate & Barrel forever ago, but the ones I linked are equally fantastic. 

Want more summer cocktails? Try out these recipes: Peach Tequila Sunrise Punch | Vodka Strawberry Lemonade | Aperol Spritz | Grilled Lemon Lime Mojito

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Blackberry Sidecar

Yield: 1 cocktail
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Fresh blackberries give this cocktail a fresh and fun update!


  • 5 blackberries + extra for garnish
  • 2 oz blackberry brandy or cognac
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • Ice


  1. Muddle 5 blackberries in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add blackberry brandy/cognac, lemon juice, triple sec, and agave. Shake to combine.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with extra blackberries.

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