Elegant, sophisticated and alluring, a Lime Blackberry Martini is the perfect specialty cocktail for your next special gathering. After all, there’s nothing like a crisp, cool vodka martini to kick off the cocktail hour. Add in fresh, tangy blackberry lime purée, replace the vermouth with a jigger of ginger liqueur, and it becomes both beautiful and enticing. Not only does the resulting Blackberry Vodka Martini have the perfect balance of sweet and tang, its deep, dark purple color adds an aura of mystery when served!
Blackberry Martini with Vodka and Lime
Martinis are timeless, elegant and sophisticated – and when I’m enjoying one I feel that way, too. I’m not sure why. Maybe it has to do with watching the incredibly handsome and sexy Sean Connery as James Bond frequently sipping one. Or maybe it’s the sleek, distinctive looking glass, with that long, slim stem. Pick one up, and you can’t help but feel pretty, classy, alluring.
While my favorite martini is my husband Robert’s Vodka Martini with a Twist, sometimes I want something a bit different. Recently I taught a virtual cooking class to a private group and the organizers requested I include a recipe for a new “specialty” cocktail. This Blackberry Vodka Martini was born.
Tools needed to make this Blackberry Lime Vodka Cocktail
There’s just a few tools you’ll need to make this martini:
Recommended tools to make Blackberry Lime Purée
- Lemon/lime squeezer – this handy tool will help you easily and efficiently juice fresh limes.
- OXO measuring beakers – these beakers are a favorite of mine for small liquid measurements.
- Saucepan – needed to to cook the blackberries, honey and lime juice.
- Fine mesh strainer – a necessary utensil to strain the cooked and cooled blackberry mixture. Straining the purée results in a smoother, cleaner martini.
Recommended tools to make the Blackberry Martini with Vodka
- Cocktail shaker – I’m a big fan (as is my husband Robert) of shaking the ingredients in this Blackberry Martini to ensure they’re well blended and chilled.
- Separate cocktail strainer – Often the strainers built into shakers don’t tend to work very well – and don’t let the ice crystals flow through to the glass.
How to Make Blackberry Lime Purée
Here’s the easy steps involved in making the Blackberry Lime Purée that’s a central ingredient to this martini recipe:
- Combine ingredients.
Place blackberries, honey, lime juice and water in a medium saucepan.
Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until berries are very tender.
Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
Place a fine mesh strainer over a medium mixing bowl. Press berries and their juice through the strainer to remove the solids. Place strained purée in a covered jar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Place strained purée in a covered jar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
How To Make a Blackberry Martini with Lime
Once you’ve made the Blackberry Lime Purée you’re almost done! Here’s the last few steps to finish:
- Prep shaker.
Fill a cocktail shaker around halfway with ice.
- Add ingredients.
Add 1/2 cup Blackberry Lime Purée, vodka, ginger liqueur and splash lime juice.
Shake vigorously to mix. Taste; add more lime juice as needed.
- Strain and pour.
Carefully strain into 2 martini or coupe glasses.
- Garnish and serve.
Garnish with lime slices and serve.
Dishes to serve with a Blackberry Lime Vodka Martini
Here are my favorite appetizers to serve with this cocktail:
- Feta Mousse
- Onion Parmesan Toasts
- Green Chile Canapés
- Zesty Pimiento Cheese Spread
- Sautéed Brie with Green Onion
- Mushroom Paté
- Prosciutto-Wrapped Smoked Mozzarella Sticks
- Cannellini Bean Dip
- Cannellini Bean Bruschetta
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Blackberry Lime Purée (Yield = 2/3 to 3/4 cup)
- 2 boxes (6 ounce) fresh blackberries (can also use frozen)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 tablespoons water
Blackberry Lime Martini
- 1/2 cup Blackberry Lime Purée
- 2/3 cup (5 1/2 ounces) good quality vodka
- 1/4 cup (2 ounces) ginger liqueur
- Splash fresh lime juice, to taste
Blackberry Lime Purée
- Place blackberries, honey, lime juice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes or until berries are very tender.
- Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.
- Place a fine mesh strainer over a medium mixing bowl. Press berries and their juice through the strainer to remove the solids.
- Place strained purée in a covered jar and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Blackberry Lime Martini
- Fill a cocktail shaker around halfway with ice.
- Add 1/2 cup Blackberry Lime Purée, vodka, ginger liqueur and splash lime juice.
- Shake vigorously to mix. Taste; add more lime juice as needed.
- Carefully strain into 2 martini or coupe glasses.
- Garnish with lime slices and serve.
Make ahead: Blackberry Purée can be prepared up to 2 days ahead, covered and refrigerated. It can also be frozen in a sealed container for up to 1 month.
- Category: Cocktails, martinis
- Method: stovetop, shaken
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: blackberries, martini, specialty cocktail