Blackberry syrup, sprigs of fresh thyme and fizzy champagne make this New Year’s Blackberry Thyme Champagne a beverage to remember.
True story: the first time I ever had an alcoholic drink was after high school prom. In true 18-year-old-late-bloomer fashion, I drank part of a Mike’s Hard Lemonade and fell asleep on my friend’s couch, listless prom makeup, hair and all. When I woke up at 2 a.m., my friends were watching the Lizzy McGuire movie and chanting something my sleepy, sheltered brain could not comprehend. Yikes.
I’ve come pretty far from then. Take this blackberry thyme champagne for example. If you would’ve told me I’d be making blackberry syrup and throwing in fresh thyme as a garnish when I was 18, I would’ve laughed in your face. And then asked what thyme looked like. Yikes again.
In the spirit of the fast approaching new year, I threw together this simple drink that looks straight out of a high-end magazine but in reality is crafted from ingredients you may already have on hand. Not only can you pretend you’re a Gossip Girl-esque socialite, but you can fool yourself into thinking it’s healthy with fresh blackberries and thyme. Plus, you get to carry around a drink with the prettiest delicate pink-red colour there ever was.
To put this together for your New Year’s Eve party, simply simmer blackberries, water and sugar in a small saucepan until the blackberries break down and the syrup turns that delightful pink colour. Strain, let cool, then pour into glasses and top with champagne and sprigs of thyme.
For an added bonus, break out your best drink glasses, which in my case are these Magic 8 Ball ones here and here. I may use a worn water glass I bought from a discount department store in everyday life, but at least I can pretend to be fancy once in a while.
Take a drink, make a resolution, and ring in 2016 right (preferably not watching the Lizzy McGuire movie and sipping Mike’s Hard Lemonade then passing out). Happy new year!
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Total Cost = $8.36 (Budget breakdown below recipe)
- ⅓ cup blackberries, plus 6 extra for garnish
- ⅓ cup water
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- About ½ of a 750ml bottle of prosecco or champagne*
- 6 sprigs of fresh thyme
- In a small saucepan, stir ⅓ cup blackberries, water and sugar constantly until boiling. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes, stirring every few minutes to break down the blackberries. Strain blackberry mixture and let cool.
- When cooled, add 2 tbsp. of blackberry syrup to each of three glasses. Pour in prosecco or champagne, then garnish with fresh thyme and extra blackberries.
Recipe adapted from Lark & Linen.
1/3 cup blackberries, plus 6 more for garnish = $2.00
1/3 cup water = FREE!
1/3 cup granulated sugar = $0.06
1/2 of a 750ml bottle of prosecco or champagne = $6.00
6 sprigs of fresh thyme = $0.30