Blackberry on Rye

April 9, 2013

I’m often surprised I don’t see more wine cocktails. Sure, there’s sangria, mimosas and the like, but wine can also hold a variety of the characteristics we seek in a good everyday mixing ingredient: acidity, sweetness, and aroma. For this wine cocktail I wanted intense dark fruit flavors. Muddled blackberries evoke the jamminess of the wine, which paired well with the spice of a bold rye whiskey.

Blackberry on Rye // HonestlyYUM

Blackberry on Rye // HonestlyYUM

Blackberry on Rye // HonestlyYUM

Blackberry on Rye // HonestlyYUM

Blackberry on Rye // HonestlyYUM

Blackberry on Rye // HonestlyYUM

Blackberry on Rye

For this cocktail, muddled blackberries evoke the jamminess of the red wine, which pairs well with the spiciness of a bold rye whiskey.
Servings: 1 cocktail



  1. Add blackberries and simple syrup to your mixing glass and softly muddle, just enough to break apart the blackberries. Add the remaining ingredients.
  2. Fill your mixing glass with ice and shake for 10 seconds, until frothy and icy cold. Double-strain through a fine mesh strainer over ice into an old-fashioned glass. Double-straining prevents the berry seeds/pulp from clouding the drink and getting stuck in your teeth.
  3. Garnish with a few blackberries and enjoy.


For the red wine in this recipe, use something full-bodied and fruit-forward. I used a Cabernet Sauvignon, but a Merlot or a Malbec might also make for a good choice.

(images by HonestlyYUM)


Absolutely wonderful photos! I will certainly have to test this recipe out.

OK….made this drink tonight and it’s seriously dangerous. I mean, the best drink I’ve had in months and so easy to drink, I could have ten of them! I was skeptical about the wine but it really creates a well-rounded cocktail. This recipe is a keeper!


Tried it as soon as I saw the pin, since I have all the ingredients. It definitely is a strong drink and can be consumed in little bits. It also works if you do it as a martini and strain the berry seeds.

It’s so funny that you posted about putting wine in cocktails. I was brainstorming some cocktails over the weekend to make with wine and perhaps this is just the inspiration I needed to move forward with a few of my ideas. Thanks! Loving your cocktail posts/photos/etc.

Blackberries and wine, 2 of my favorites. This drink looks and sounds scrumptious. I think we may have to celebrate my husband’s birthday this weekend with this one. I bet it will be one of his favorites.

Reminds me of picnics of the Pacific coast. Wild Berry picking and a bottle of wine. Refreshing and fantastic!

Sounds fantastic! Thanks for teaching me another way to enjoy wine! Might even have to make a glass of this to enjoy this weekend 🙂

That looks like a great spring/summer cocktail. I am going to have to try it.

Pretty photos, looks very appetizing! I’ve never had wine in a cocktail, but can see how it could work almost like a liqueur. I like the blackberries on the little skewer, adds a nice touch

This sounds delicious! Can you give me a batch recipe…say maybe enough for a party of 6? Sangria is my go to because I can easily make it in large batches but I’d live to add this to my list.

What a great idea! I would multiply the measurements by 12 so you have enough for 2 cocktails each for party of 6. The total volume would fit perfectly in a pitcher. You could either muddle the blackberries at the bottom of the pitcher and have them in your drink, or if you’d like to keep it clean maybe muddle them in your simple syrup in a separate container and then strain into your pitcher first, before adding the other ingredients.

Rye whiskey and a good, strong Cabernet are two of my favorites. I honestly never thought of pairing these in one glass. I’m definitely going to give this one a taste. Thanks for the suggestion!!

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