The easing of restrictions (in England at least), being able to meet our friends and families again, albeit from a distance, and a return to a new ‘normal’ way of living is surely cause for celebration.

If like me, you’re not quite ready to venture out to your local pub, here’s a cocktail you can make at home.  It’s a little sweet, a little bubbly and truly delicious.

If you’re looking for cocktail ideas for your next celebration, whether it’s a wedding, party or just because, you have to try it.  Do you even really need a reason?!

Blackberry and champagne cocktail in crystal glass, with thyme and blackberry garnish

This recipe serves 4. To make it, you will need:

Blackberry Syrup

  • 1/3 cup blackberries, plus 8 more for garnish
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar

In a small saucepan, add the blackberries, water and sugar and bring to a boil.  Lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the blackberry mixture and allow to cool.

  • A bottle of Prosecco, Champagne or Cava
  • 4 sprigs for thyme for the garnish

Add 2 tablespoons of the syrup to the bottom of each glass (you can use any glass for this cocktail).

Top with Champagne/Prosecco/Cava and add a sprig of thyme and 2 blackberries to each glass.

Recipe & image credit: Lark & Linen