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Cocktail Hour / Blackberry Thyme Sparkler a Champagne Cocktail

When it comes to New Year's Eve celebrations, you can't go wrong with a champagne cocktail. This easy Blackberry Thyme Sparkler is made with a simple homemade blackberry simple syrup and garnished with a gold sugar rim.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: blackberry cocktails, champagne cocktails, homemade simple syrup, new years eve cocktails
Servings: 4 cocktails
Calories: 400kcal
Author: Jen Pinkston


  • champagne glasses


  • ½ c. blackberries + 8 more for garnish
  • 1 c. Water
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 4 ounces or ½ c. gin
  • 4 long sprigs of thyme
  • 1 c. ice
  •  gold baking sugar for the rim


  • In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 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. 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.
  • Begin by adding 1 ounce of gin followed by 1.5 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup to each glass.
  • Next drop two blackberries in each glass.
  • Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with a sprig of thyme in each glass. Voila!


Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 213mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1mg