This black forest cocktail is so easy and tastes absolutely delicious and is perfect for a Christmas party blackberry prosecco cocktail.
Why you’ll love this black forest cocktail recipe
The lovely blackberry flavour is rich and festive.
The addition of the rosemary to the drink adds that earthy flavour, smell and quality that really makes the black forest cocktail come alive.
A blackberry prosecco cocktail is so easy to make and is a perfect Christmas party drink. You can prepare the main part of the drink in advance and top up with prosecco when your guests turn up.
Black forest flavours normally include chocolate to the mix so to achieve this with the cocktail you can serve with some christmas chocolate. I am working on a cocktail with chocolate in so stay tuned.
How to Make
Substitutions and Variations
Making Ahead Options
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Black Forest Cocktail Ingredients
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For this cocktail I used Giffard liqueur (affiliate link). I use this brand a lot for cocktails at home with friends and family. The flavour is strong but smooth and silky. It works so well with gin and prosecco.
In this black forest cocktail recipe I used my favourite every day gin which is Gordons gin but you could use any gin you like. If you have a bramble flavoured gin that could also work incredibly well.
Prosecco or Champagne
What a choice to have to make! This cocktail works so well with both prosecco or champagne. I tend to use prosecco as it’s more affordable but use what you prefer.
Although the fresh blackberries aren’t 100% needed they are beautiful and they are a lovely bite at the end of the drink as they will have absorbed some of the alcohol.
It wouldn’t be a black forest flavour without the fresh herby and earthy flavour of rosemary. Just having it as the garnish adds the smell which works so well with the taste of the cocktail as you sip.
How to make black forest cocktail – step by step
Add 3 of the blackberries to the bottom of the champagne glass.
I used the Giffard blackberry liqueur which is a lovely fruity and smooth liqueuer. It’s alcoholic and works so well for cocktails like this.
Measure and add the 25ml gin and 25ml blackberry liqueur to the glass.
Pour over the Prosecco to top it up to the top. As the gin and liqueuer as light and not syrup you won’t need to stir everything together.
Optional – you can add less prosecco and top up with soda water to help reduce the alcohol.
Top Tips for Black Forest Cocktail
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If you are serving multiple glasses of this drink then I would recommend preparing them in advance with all but the prosecco. Keep the prosecco cold and when your guests turn up you can pour the prosecco and the black forest cocktail is ready and still chilled.
Substitutions and variations
BLACKBERRY SIMPLE SYRUP
Instead of using a blackberry liqueur you can make a blackberry simple syrup that will reduce the alcohol. It’s also a lovely thing to make and give for presents if you grow your own blackberries and have some spare after a good harvest.
You will need;
- 1 cup blackberries (chop up after measuring. You can also use frozen blackberries)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup water
I use a normal cup so I can easily gauge how much fo each ingredient I need. It makes it easier to increase the recipe if I need.
•Make your simple syrup by;
•Adding the blackberries, sugar and water to a saucepan on a low to medium heat. Keep stirring as you bring it the mixture to a simmer.
•Give the blackberries a squash with a fork if they are still large and juicy.
•Reduce the mix for about 10 minutes until syrup has started to form and go a dark purple/blue colour.
•Remove from the heat and sieve the syrup into a container to catch any chunky pieces and make a smooth syrup to use. Disgard the pieces in the sieve.
•Allow the syrup to cool completely and then it’s ready to use in your cocktail.
•You could also pour it in to a hot steralised bottle when it’s still hot if you want to give it as a gift. Seal the bottle when it’s still hot.
Making ahead of time options
If you want to make this cocktail ahead of time the best way is to set up the glasses with everything but the prosecco.
This way when you’re ready you can pop the prosecco cork and top up the glasses and immediately serve to keep the bubbles as fresh as they can be.
What is Chambord good with?
Chamboard is great with prosecco as an instant way to add flavour and colour. However you can also add it to this cocktail by replacing the blackberry liqueur and adding the same amount of Chambord.
Can you use blackberry liqueur for cocktail?
Blackberry liqueuer works incredibly well for cocktails. It doesn’t only add a rich flavour but a gorgeous colour to cocktails too. In this black forest cocktail it brings the berry flavour that is so needed to make this cocktail brilliant.
What does blackberry liqueur go with?
Blackberry liqueuer goes well with so many flavours as blackberry is such malluable fruity flavour. I’ve mixed it with gin and prosecco but it also works well with vodka and even rum.
Can you make a blackberry champagne cocktail?
Yes you absolutely can make a blackberry champagne cocktail. Blackberry liqueur goes incredibly well with champagne and gin to make this delicious blackberry champagne cocktail.
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Black Forest Cocktail – Blackberry Prosecco Cocktail
- 1 Champagne Glass
- 3 (3) blackberries
- 25 ml (25 ml) gin (blackberry or bramble gin works if you want to add extra flavour)
- 25 ml (25 ml) blackberry liqueur (I use Giffords)
- 150 ml (150 ml) Prosecco (Top up with prosecco. Might be a little more)
- 50 ml (50 ml) soda water (optional if you want to reduce the alcohol slightly)
- lime juice (optional – taste your cocktail and if you find it a little sweet a little lime juice and stir in to taste.)
- 1 sprig (1 sprig) fresh rosemary
- 1 (1) blackberry
- Add 3 of the blackberries to the bottom of the champagne glass.
- Measure and add the 25ml gin and 25ml blackberry liqueur to the glass.
- Pour over the Prosecco to top it up to the top.
- Optional – you can add less prosecco and top up with soda water to help reduce the alcohol.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.