Dark Invader 1.000

Julia Ewan - The Washington Post

Apr 15, 2009

This mocktail is a huge hit with kids. In fact, they can help you make it. Let them muddle the berries or shake the shaker.

Vanilla syrup is simple syrup infused with 1 split vanilla bean per cup; 1 or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract may be substituted for every 1 cup of simple syrup.

Servings: 1
  • 11 blackberries
  • 1 1/2 ounces pineapple juice
  • 1/2 ounce vanilla syrup (see headnote and NOTE)
  • Ice


Combine 9 of the blackberries, the juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker; muddle well. Add the ice and shake vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with the remaining 2 blackberries (one on each side of the rim, like alien ears).

NOTE: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Bring to a slow, rolling boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for 5 minutes. Transfer to a glass container and let cool to room temperature. Cover tightly and refrigerate until chilled through; store indefinitely.

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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Shake It!" by Timo Janse (BAI, 2007).

Tested by Margaret Webb Pressler.

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