Whether you did your Black Friday shopping online or in-store (or not at all), you're probably in need of a post-frenzy cocktail.

Just like the insanity of the Thanksgiving holiday and the shopping, this week's cocktail is a little sour, a little sweet, and totally necessary!

In an ode to Black Friday, we're using one of my favorite ingredients: blackberries (well, really, blackberry brandy, but close enough.)

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Let's do it!

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz. vodka
  • 1 oz. blackberry brandy
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz. club soda
  • 4-5 fresh blackberries
  • sugar (optional)
  • lemon twist, to garnish

Muddle the blackberries in a tall glass. (If the blackberries are more tart than sweet, you may want to add a touch of sugar while muddling.) Fill the glass with ice, and add the remaining ingredients, giving it a gentle stir. Garnish with a fresh blackberry and lemon twist, if desired.

Switch it up:

For extra citrus flavor, use a lemon or orange-flavored vodka.
Use lemon-lime soda or ginger ale instead of the club soda.
Completely change things up with a different flavored brandy like apricot or apple.

*Please drink responsibly.*