Bring Your Braspberry Appreciation to Happy Hour

While we have many things to give Justin Timberlake credit for—the 90s boy band craze, timeless dance moves, and more—we “Can’t Stop the Feeling” that our latest JT appreciation has to be his re-introduction of the “braspberry.” If you haven’t heard of it, see: his Instagram.

A simple yet seemingly overlooked flavor combo of two summer berries, the braspberry is in fact a blueberry inside of a raspberry. Seems basic, but we are here for it, and you will be, too. While the berries themselves are delicious on their own, we like to take things up a notch at Plated. Enter the Braspberry Bourbon Cocktail, your new happy hour special.

So put on your “Suit & Tie” and gather your “Supplies, because “It’s Not a Bad Thing” to let our Braspberry Bourbon Cocktail “Rock Your Body.” (There is no such thing as too many JT song puns.)

1/2 cup blueberries, divided
1/2 cup raspberries, divided
1 cup sugar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup club soda
1 mint sprig for garnish


1. Make Braspberry Shrub
Rinse raspberries and blueberries. In a small bowl, set aside 1 tablespoon raspberries and 1
tablespoon blueberries for garnish. In a large bowl, combine sugar, remaining raspberries, and
remaining blueberries (combined as braspberries).

Using a large fork or potato masher, mash until thoroughly combined. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and place in refrigerator to chill overnight (this will help the mixture macerate, infusing the sugar with the flavorful juices from the berries).

2. Finish Braspberry Shrub
Once braspberry shrub has chilled, strain shrub, discarding fruit solids (the liquid left behind
should resemble syrup). Add apple cider vinegar to bowl and stir to fully combine.

In a cocktail shaker, reserve 3 tablespoons braspberry shrub for the next step, saving remainder in a closed glass container for your next cocktail hour.

3. Make Braspberry-Bourbon Cocktail
Rinse mint and pick leaves, discarding stems. To shaker with reserved 3 tablespoons braspberry shrub, add bourbon and juice of 1/2 lemon and stir to fully combine. Transfer to your favorite cocktail glasses or tumblers, dividing evenly, and top off with a splash of club soda.

Start with a little, then taste and add more as desired to make your cocktail as strong as you
like. Garnish with reserved berries and mint leaves. Cheers!

Did you know Plated also offers dessert? Try it today!

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