Poisoned Blackberry

1 1/2 oz Copper & Kings American Brandy
3/4 oz Maurin Quina
1/4 oz Mansinthe
2 dashes Cocktail Kingdom Wormwood Bitters
5-6 Brandied Blackberries*
1 bsp of Brandied Blackberry Syrup

Muddle 3-4 Blackberries and a barspoon of the Syrup they were in with the Bitters in a Mixing glass. Add remaining ingredients with ice to the Mixing glass and give it a stir. Strain into a chilled Cocktail glass and garnish with a remaining Blackberry or two.

Inspired by the mostly forgotten holiday of Michaelmass, the celebration of that asshole Archangel Michael who kicked Lucifer from heaven and cast him down to the pit. Folklore states that when the Devil hit the bottom he landed on a Blackberry bush and then spat on it in anger, thus poisoning Blackberries after September 29th.

*For this I didn’t macerate the Blackberries in Brandy but rather in the Maurin Quina (with a little brandy) as a symbolic “Devil’s Spit” on the Blackberries. 

Blackberries Diabolus est Sputo
(Devil’s Spit Blackberries)

3 cups Blackberries
3/4 cup White Sugar
3/4 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 cup Maurin Quina
1/2 cup Copper & Kings American Brandy

Combine fruit and sugars in a bowl and toss until the fruit is well coated. Cover and let macerate for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes.

Transfer the fruit to an appropriately sized jar and pour in the alcohols, making sure fruit is submerged.

Cover and store in the fridge for at least one month, longer is better.

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