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. 

Photo of summer berry cocktail

Note: this post is an updated version of the original posted on February 6, 2015. 

I’m late with new posts right now… How dare I deprive you all from this perfectly satisfying blend of fresh blackberries and brandy? Ok, in truth this recipe has existed on my site for years but here I am giving you a little update on it!

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I’m currently still on maternity leave, soaking up all sorts of baby snuggles and getting very little sleep.

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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…

Kind of…

I just wish it wasn’t so dang cold out so I could be outside and walking with Babycakes! It makes me sad to be cooped up so much but I suppose it is a good excuse to catch up on shows (anyone else watching Bridgerton because I finally hopped on that bandwagon!).

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 that is reminding me how to be positive without falling asleep wherever I am sitting. 

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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

Summer cocktail with blackberries and mint

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. 

It’s amazing the impact 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!

Need more cocktail recipe inspiration? Check out my booze recipes page!

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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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