Happy December! The year is gonna be over in just a few more weeks and I’ve got a New Year’s cocktail for you to celebrate in style. It’s a variation of the bramble – a drink made with gin, lemon juice, blackberries, creme de mure (a blackberry liqueur) and simple syrup. In my version I skipped the blackberry liqueur and infused the simple syrup with fresh ginger. I actually did a side-by-side comparison between regular simple syrup and the ginger simple syrup and while the ginger does not come through very strongly as ginger flavor it does very much smoothen the drink and makes it much less harsh. I liked it a lot.
As you can see I cooled the drink with dry ice in the top photo for extra effect but you can use regular ice as well; it’s still quite pretty.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
- 1 one-inch piece of fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 1 shot gin
- ½ shot ginger simple syrup
- 5 fresh or frozen blackberries
- a few drops lemon juice
- ice or dry ice
- Add sugar, water and ginger to a saucepan.
- Bring to a boil and boil for 2 minutes.
- Let cool, then strain into a glass container and cover.
- You can keep the syrup in the fridge for up to one week.
- Add gin, syrup, fruit and lemon juice into each glass. (Add lemon juice to taste).
- Add a few ice cubes or a small piece of dry ice.
Food Photography and Styling: This was my very first time using dry ice and I have to say it’s quite difficult to handle. I didn’t want the drink to look like a dramatically bubbling cauldron a la Halloween and Harry Potter, instead I was just looking for a bit of extravagance. After a few tries I figured out that it’s best (for the purpose of taking a photograph) to smash the dry ice into a powder and spoon the powder onto the drink rather than plopping chunks of it into the liquid. I took a number of exposures and chose this one because I liked how the vapor beside the glass formed a connection between the blackberry dish on the table and the glass. (Since it was difficult to see the blackberries in the glass I set a few onto the small dish in the back to tell the viewer that that’s what was swimming in the drink.) As I’m sure you’ve guessed, I used my strobe to light the set.
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