Cider n black

Jason Athertons cocktail is a delicious concoction of blackberries and apple cider
By Jason Atherton
Cider n black
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  • Serves: 1
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 4 blackberries
  • 10 ml gomme sugar syrup, or sugar syrup (see cooks note below)
  • 40 ml vodka
  • 10 ml blackberry liqueur
  • 10 ml lime juice
  • 30 ml apple juice
  • rock ice cubes, for serving
  • cider, to top up
  • 1 slices apples

Tips and Suggestions

Gomme syrup is a sugar and water mixture, like sugar syrup, but it has the added ingredient gum arabic, which acts as an emulsifier, preventing the sugar from crystallising and adding a smooth texture. It is available from liquor shops or you can substitute sugar syrup.


1. Muddle (this means to crush) 3 of the blackberries with the gomme syrup in a cocktail shaker.

2. Add the vodka, blackberry liqueur, lime juice and apple juice and shake well.

3. Pour into a large cocktail glass filled with rock ice and top up with cider.

4. Decorate with an apple slice and the remaining blackberry.

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