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.
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
- 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.
- Add the sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved. Approximately 5 minutes.
- Strain the liquid from the berries. Squish the berries as you go to get all the lovely juices.
- Refrigerate the berry syrup for up to two weeks
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.
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)
- 1 Berry Ice Ball
- 2 oz of your favorite bourbon
- 1 oz of berry flavored soda water
- Put berry ice ball in a martini glass
- Add 2 ounces of your favorite bourbon
- 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!