Enjoy this blackberry cocktail, a black devil, made with homemade blackberry infused rum and dry vermouth. The black olive was swapped out for a splash of extra virgin olive oil.
I may not be a big drinker, but I do enjoy a refreshing fruity cocktail every now and again. I prefer rum cocktails to vodka, and of course, don’t forget the fruit!
My husband is the alcohol aficionado in the family and I managed to make him a convert when it comes to infusing fruit with booze. We have made pomegranate tequila, pomegranate vodka and strawberry vodka.
Today I am sharing another great fusion of flavors, blackberry basil rum. And I use this to make a delicious blackberry cocktail.
Why you have to try this recipe
Whether you are looking to try something new, or want a fun halloween cocktail to serve your guests, this blackberry black devil is pretty delicious.
You can make a black devil martini with vodka. But since I preferred rum, my husband decided to experiment.
We started with our own infused rum by adding blackberries and fresh basil. This infusion process does take a few weeks for the flavor to really shine, so you can use store bought blackberry rum – if you can find it.
Now a black devil martini is usually served with an olive. But with my love for extra virgin olive oil (check out my olive oil cookbook here) and adding olive oil to to cocktails, I decided to add a splash to this black devil.
If you have never tried an olive oil cocktail, don’t poo poo it. Olive oil helps smooth the drink. You can even use infused oils like a basil, lemon or fruit infused olive oil
In the end, you have a great unique drink that is also delicious.
Ingredients you need
- Fresh blackberries: You can use either fresh or frozen blackberries to infuse the rum.
- Fresh basil: Fresh is best when it comes to infusing flavor. If you are not a fan of basil you could use mint instead or omit altogether.
- White rum
- Dry Vermouth
- Extra virgin olive oil: Only a splash of olive oil is needed for each drink you serve. Choose a high quality extra virgin olive oil. Taste it by itself to make sure it is not rancid. You can use a pungent spicy oil or one infused with herbs or fruit.
1. In a large jar, place blackberries and basil. Cover berries and basil with rum. Seal jar and refrigerate 1-4 weeks until desire flavor is reached. NOTE: Discard basil after 1 week.
2. When ready to serve, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add blackberry basil rum and vermouth. Cover and shake cocktail shaker until the outside of the shaker is frosted. Strain and divide the mixture evenly into two martini glasses. Top cocktails (divided evenly) with olive oil. Serve immediately.
- 6 oz blackberries, fresh
- 1 sprig fresh basil
- 8 oz rum, white
- 1 cup ice
- 4 oz blackberry basil rum
- 1 oz vermouth, dry
- 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
- In a large jar, place blackberries and basil.
- Cover berries and basil with rum.
- Seal jar and refrigerate 1-4 weeks until desire flavor is reached. NOTE: Discard basil after 1 week.
- When ready to serve, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, then add blackberry basil rum and vermouth.
- Cover and shake cocktail shaker until the outside of the shaker is frosted.
- Strain and divide the mixture evenly into two martini glasses.
- Top cocktails (divided evenly) with olive oil.
- Serve immediately.
Serving Suggestions: Use a flavorful extra virgin olive oil, even an flavored olive oil like lime or orange.
Cooking Tips: Add a dash of bitters for a smoother drink.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 430Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 8gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
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