Cocktail Hour / Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

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After a week filled with family, celebrations, and delicious dish after delicious dish, Aaron and I landed back in LA late last night.  Can we all just agree that there is no sleep like sleeping in your own bed?  I start my third trimester this week, so sleep is beginning to elude me all together, but it still felt really good to wake up this morning tucked into my own sheets with my head on my favorite pillow.  Since New Year’s Eve is tomorrow, I thought we should squeeze in one last cocktail hour post before we bid this year adieu– even if I can’t partake! This ombre-colored bubbly cocktail (and the super chic champagne flute) is just as delicious– or so I hear–as it is easy on the eyes. Keep reading for the recipe below…

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We first used this acrylic tray for our fall sangria post and it has continued to come in handy ever since.  A little bit of gold star confetti and voila: a total NYE appropriate serving tray.  I had these luxe leather coasters sitting out during our TEC holiday party and just about every one from our team commented on how great they were.  They’re classic and chic and add another layer of texture to a table.

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Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

(Makes 4 Cocktails)
  • 1 c. blackberries + 8 more for garnish
  • 1 c. Water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 4 ounces or 1/2 c. gin
  • 4 long sprigs of thyme
  • 1 c. ice
  •  gold baking sugar for the rim
  • champagne glasses
In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/redish color. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool.  This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.
Prepare your champagne glasses.  Okay, so here is a dirty little secret of getting those beautiful salts and sugars to stay atop the rim: butter.  It adheres perfectly and you honestly never taste it. Place the tiniest amount between your fingers and rub just around the rim of the glass before dipping the glass into the gold baking sugar.
Next, begin by adding 1 ounce of gin to each champagne glass.  Next drop two blackberries in each glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with a sprig of thyme in each glass. Voila!
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Bottoms up!  Be sure to check back in tomorrow for my final style post of the year– à la New Year’s Eve!

Photography by Melissa Valladares

Dress by Ingrid and Isabel

Leather Coasters, Cocktail Shaker, and Acrylic Tray by Mark and Graham

  1. Great cocktail recipe and look at that baby bump…Beautiful Jen!

  2. Love this! All of it. Need to try the recipe. 🙂

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/31/2013

      If only I could try it with you! Hope you guys have a great NYE! Let’s set a lunch date soon!

  3. Looks delicious! 🙂 Happy new year!

    ANDREA

  4. what a gorgeous cocktail!
    ladies in navy

    • Jen Pinkston

      12/31/2013

      Thanks, Kelsey! It is certainly easy on the eyes 😉

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  6. This cocktail looks stunning! Rustic and elegant at the same time. Have a wonderful 2014!

  7. These cocktails are unbelievably stunning! (And I love the cute little gold star glitter!)

  8. These are absolutely gorgeous my friend! Cheers to 2014!

  9. I’m not sure there could be a prettier cocktail than this one you’ve made here. The ombré effect is perfect! Gorgeous presentation. 🙂

  10. Amanda

    01/01/2014

    Love these champagne glasses! Where did you get them from?

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  14. Blackberry & thyme are two of my favorite flavor combinations; blackberries, thyme, goat cheese, and arugula is my go-to flatbread recipe!
    But blackberries, thyme, and champagne!? YES.

  15. love the rim with the sugar it almost looks like gold sparkly glitter!

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  19. Christine Karr

    02/13/2014

    Hi! The recipe looks delicious and those glasses really make it stand out. Can you tell me where to find them, what you call them, anything you happen to have on these particular glasses. My sister-in-law and have been looking for them forever with no luck!

    Thanks and may God bless!!

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  55. We tried this at a party tonight. It tasted amazing. Unfortunately we were not able to duplicate the ombré look. The whole thing turned redish/pink. Is it really 2 ounces of the syrup? Yours looks like much less in the pic. Thank you for the recipe. It is divine! I look forward to perfecting it and would love your input 🙂

    Lori

  56. stephanie

    12/23/2014

    Great looking cocktail! I hope the baby bump lady is not going to drink that gin/champagne! LOL

  57. Do you REALLY drink alcohol when you are pregnant ???????????????????

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  71. dana stephenson

    01/20/2016

    what the heck is a pregnant lady doing drinking a champagne+gin cocktail? hopefully hers is a non alcoholic version. wow guys, that was a real boo-boo.

    • Jen Pinkston

      01/20/2016

      Read the copy and rest assured. No babies were harmed in the making of this post

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  77. Delicious cocktail! But when we pour everything into the glass that “ombré” effect didn’t happen. Just bright pink top to bottom. Is there an exact order to pour the ingredients? Do we have to wait until the syrup settles? Should we just use one ounce of syrup instead of two?

    • Jen Pinkston

      10/24/2016

      Hey Maude, I am so bummed they didn’t turned out! The ombre effect was such a happy accident and I did my best to replicate it in the instructions exactly as we did it. It’s been almost three years since we made that recipe now, so all I remember is what is there in the text. Did you follow the exact order of the text?

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