Champagne, bubbly, heaven in liquid form—no matter what you call it, I think we can all agree that nothing says "party" quite like a glass of Champagne. And even though I have no parties to attend tonight, this Blackberry Thyme Sparkler from The Effortless Chic calls for a celebration. So, pop the bubbly even if solely for the fact that it's the weekend. Cheers, dears!
From The Effortless Chic... This ombre-colored bubbly cocktail is just as delicious as it is easy on the eyes.
Blackberry Thyme Sparkler
|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|
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!