Berry Good Cosmic Cocktails: Dark Side of the Moontini

Bourbon and Berry Martini for a Space Themed Party | A Well Crafted Party

Whether you just want a tasty mysteriously dark cocktail to impress your guests at a Halloween party or something fun to spice up a space themed party, this cocktail packs a punch. Dubbed the ‘Dark Side of the Moontini’ this drink utilizes a ice ball created out of a triple-berry syrup that then melts into a mixture of bourbon and splash of berry soda water.

This post is in partnership with Oregon Berries. All opinions are my own. See my other collaborations with Oregon Berries: Triple Berry Smoothie with Miso & Marionberry Champagne Cocktail

Triple Berry Syrup made into a cocktail ice ball | A Well Crafted Party

The star of this cocktail is the slowly melting ice ball created with a triple-berry syrup. The syrup is SO easy to create. I used Stahlbush Island Farms frozen black raspberries, raspberries, and Marion blackberries. I kept to the darker berries for a rich flavor that would pair well with the bourbon, but also to make sure my drink had a very dark color to it (naturally).

Triple Berry Simple Syrup

This triple berry simple syrup can be made to mix with cocktails or non-alcoholic drinks. I love this syrup in Italian Creme Sodas or mixed with lemonade. YUM.

Use the below portions to create a batch of syrup in any amount that you need:

  • 1 part each type of berry
  • 2 part water
  • 2  part granulated sugar

Or, to make approximately 2.5 cups of syrup:

  • 1 cup black raspberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup Marion blackberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar

Directions:

  1. Put the frozen berries and water in a saucepan and cook over medium heat (stirring occasionally so it doesn’t stick) until the berries soften. Approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Approximately 5 minutes.
  3. Strain the liquid from the berries. Squish the berries as you go to get all the lovely juices.
  4. Refrigerate the berry syrup for up to two weeks

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Create the Berry Ice Ball:

I use the individual ice spheres (affiliate link) to create my ice balls. I literally have these in my freezer at all times with at least two ice balls ready to go for when I want a bourbon on ice. I love the way they look, but even more, I love the way that they melt. To create the berry ice ball I didn’t want it to be TOO sweet, so I first filled the ice sphere mold a third of the way with water. I then complete the sphere with my berry syrup. I do freeze my ice balls overnight so that they are pretty hard. To release from the mold I put under running water for about 30 seconds.


Bourbon and Berry Martini for a Space Themed Party | A Well Crafted Party

The berry ice ball would be great with a delicious lemonade or even a plopped into a lemon drop cocktail.  However, I wanted the cocktail to be both dark in color and in flavor. I wanted something complex. So, bourbon was my go to liquor.

Dark Side of the Moontini

(A Bourbon and Berry Cocktail)

Ingredients:

  • 1 Berry Ice Ball
  • 2 oz of your favorite bourbon
  • 1 oz of berry flavored soda water

Directions:

  1. Put berry ice ball in a martini glass
  2. Add 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon
  3. Top with 1 ounce (or to taste) of your favorite berry flavored soda water

This drink starts of strong and as the ice melts gets sweeter. It is a sipper for sure!

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