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Did you know September is Bourbon Heritage Month? I found out last week, and I feel like a failure, since Kyle absolutely loves his Bourbon. In fact, when we were in Maine, Kyle bought two cases of Bourbon (not an exaggeration) from his favorite New England distillery, Split Rock. Because they’re awesome, they threw in some Split Rock swag and a bottle of Sagamore Spirit Blackberry Simple Syrup, where I found this Black-Eyed Rye recipe. Not even kidding, y’all– it’s become my favorite whiskey drink of all time. The Black-Eyed Rye is, in my opinion, a tastier variation of the Black-Eyed Susan, the official drink of the Preakness Stakes in Baltimore. Needless to say, this blackberry whiskey cocktail is a must-try for Derby fans and rye whiskey lovers alike.
Keep reading for the full blackberry whiskey cocktail recipe and pin-friendly recipe card! You can also check out more Derby-approved cocktail recipes here. In the meantime, here’s everything you’ll need to make a Black-Eyed Rye:
- Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey
- Blackberry Simple Syrup
- Lime Juice
- Mint Leaves
- Ginger Beer
- Fresh Blackberries
- Ice (These whiskey ice cube trays are perfect!)
Black-Eyed Rye Recipe
To start, combine rye whiskey, blackberry simple syrup, lime juice, and 3 mint leaves in a cocktail mixer. Shake with ice and strain into glass. The recipe specifically calls for Sagamore Spirit, but any blackberry simple syrup will do. If you’re a fan of blackberry cocktail recipes in general, I definitely recommend investing in a bottle. I also found the official recipe if you’d prefer to make your own.
Next, top with ginger beer (I prefer Zevia— it has no calories and no sugar) and garnish with remaining mint sprigs and blackberries. For presentation, you can either put blackberries on skewers or halve them so they float visibly on top of the ice. For a drink designed to be served in May, the mint and blackberries taste pretty darn delicious in the fall, too.
A unique take on the iconic Black-Eyed Susan, the Black-Eyed Rye is a must-try Rye whiskey cocktail for blackberry lovers and Derby fans alike!
- Cook Time: 5
- Total Time: 5
- 1.5oz Sagamore Spirit Rye Whiskey
- .75oz Blackberry Simple Syrup
- .5oz Lime Juice
- 5–8 Mint Leaves
- 3oz Ginger Beer
- 3–5 Blackberries
- Combine rye whiskey, blackberry simple syrup, lime juice, and 3 mint leaves in a cocktail mixer. Shake with ice and strain into glass.
- Top with ginger beer and garnish with remaining mint sprigs and fresh blackberries.
- Muddle mint and blackberries in cocktail glass for extra flavor.
- Although the official Black-Eyed Rye is made with rye whiskey, this whiskey cocktail is equally delicious with Bourbon and/or Tennessee Whiskey.
- Serving Size: 1
Just a tip– this blackberry whiskey cocktail tastes particularly great consumed on cozy front porches. Swings, pillows, and fluffy puppies encouraged.