Tequila Blackberry Basil Shrub
(adapted from Taste Love and Nourish)
For the shrub:
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup blackberries
6-8 large basil leaves
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
Combine the sugar, blackberries, and basil in a small bowl. Crush the blackberries and basil and mix to combine with the sugar. Allow to sit at room temperature for one hour.
In a clean jar, add the vinegars and berry mixtures. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and give it a shake. Allow the mixture to sit at room temperature for 5 to 7 days. Shake the mixture once or twice a day.
Strain the mixture with a fine mesh sieve and store in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.
For the cocktail:
3 ounces tequila
3 ounces blackberry basil shrub
4 ounces sparkling water or club soda (I used lime Perrier)
basil leaves for garnish
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice add the tequila and shrub mixture. Shake well until combined and pour into a chilled glass. Top with sparkling water or club soda. Garnish with basil leaves.