Friday Cocktail Hour: Beachside Blackberry Crush

This was my office view for a few days. .

Happy Friday everyone. The weekend is almost here! Today I have a crisp, cool cocktail with Blackberry, lime and vodka. Since it is still so hot in Florida, I am not making mulled wine, boozy coffee or other fall drinks yet. Please Fall! We need you!

Hunky Hubby and I decided to not fight the heat, but rather embrace it, so we popped down to the Southwestern coast of Florida this past week. We stayed at the beautifully remodeled La Playa Beach Resort. The have a great little bar called Elements and our mixologist, Luigi, was happy to mix us a few excellent cocktails. If you find yourself down in Naples, go by and visit Luigi. He really knows his bourbons and Elements has a wide variety of exceptional cocktails.

But- being a vodka gal, I opted for something a little more refreshing and aren’t blackberries full of antioxidants? So- could this cocktail be considered “healthy”? Okay- definitely not. But hey- It sure is refreshing. You only need 6 ingredients: blackberries, lime juice, mint, vodka, seltzer and simple syrup. Mix it up and let’s hope for some cooler temperatures next week. I’m in the mood for something spicy and warm.

Beachside Blackberry Crush

Beachside Blackberry Crush- makes 1 cocktail

  • 8 blackberries- reserve 4

  • 1 TBSP Lime juice plus 1 slice of lime for garnish

  • Seltzer water

  • 1 TBSP Simple syrup

  • Fresh mint leaves

  • 1 1/4 oz Vodka

  • Ice

Great choice of spirits at the La Playa Beach Resort


  • In a glass, muddle 4 blackberries, 4-5 mint leaves, lime juice and syrup together.
  • To the glass, add in vodka & ice and stir gently . Add remaining blackberries. Top with seltzer.
  • Garnish with mint sprigs & thinly sliced lime wedge.
Another lime and mint cocktail- this one with grapefruit… more on that later.

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