Blackberry Gin Fizz

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This week, I've been on a roll with cocktails. Usually, I don't plan our meals down to the drinks I serve, but for some reason, this week, I found several cocktails that I was dying to try. As I've mentioned before, everything that Deb makes is amazing, so when I saw her post about these babies, I knew I had to have them. I ran to the liquor store and bought gin, since it isn't something we typically drink. I didn't feel bad, though, because it helped me to stock the bar! While pureeing and straining the raspberries seems like a lot of work, I assure you that it is well worth it! These fizzy drinks complemented our quesadillas very well, and were incredibly refreshing!

1/4 cup Fresh Blackberries
2 tablespoons Sugar
1/2 cup Gin
1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice (from 2 limes)
Club Soda
Lime Wedges or Basil Springs, to garnish (optional) 

Puree the blackberries and sugar in a blender until they are ais as liquefied as possible. Strain the puree through a fine-mesh sieve or tea strainer into 2 tall collins-style glasses (I used stemless wine glasses and it was perfect); discard the seeds in the sieve. Divide the gin and lime juice between the two glasses and stir to combine. Add ice to the glasses, then top each with club soda and the basil or lime wedge. 

SOURCE: Smitten Kitchen