One of my favorite mixology ingredients is blackberry brandy. I love the flavor, the color, and the way it can be used in a great variety of ways.

This week's cocktail will take you from 7 to Midnight.

This is a super easy drink to make -- a basic highball.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. vodka
  • 1.5 oz. blackberry brandy
  • 5 oz. lemon-lime soda
  • lemon twist (to garnish)
  • blackberry (to garnish)

Pour vodka and brandy over ice, top with soda. Gently stir. Garnish with lemon twist and fresh blackberry.

Couldn't be easier.
Switch it up:

Use a different liquor: rum, gin, whisky...whatever you like!
Use club soda, cola, cream soda or fruit-flavored soda.
Muddle some fresh blackberries in the bottom of the glass before adding ingredients.

Sometimes simple can be so good!

What are your favorite 'easy' drinks to make? Tell us in the comment section below!