Blackcurrant Pastille

This cocktail is inspired by those blackcurrant pastille lollies that I was obsessed with as a kid. It has a sugar rim which complements this slightly sweeter style gin and the lime makes it taste a bit like a margarita. If you want some fruity, sweet with a hit of sour, this one’s for you!

The vibe: An afternoon aperitif in the Loire Valley, France

The drink: Tastes like a sweet blackcurrant margarita had a baby with some blackcurrant pastille lollies. Sweet with a hint of sour.


  • 1 shot (30ml) of @tanquerayginau Blackcurrant Royale gin
  • 1 shot (30ml) of simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water dissolved)
  • 2 limes 
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar for the rim
  • 3 fresh blackberries, 2 finely chopped for the cocktail and 2 for garnish
  • 2 cups of ice


  1. Fill your martini glass with ice to chill down whilst you make your cocktail.
  2. Place gin, juice of 1 lime, finely chopped and muddled blackberries, sugar syrup and ice into a cocktail shaker. Close the lid and shake for 5-10 seconds until the shaker is fully chilled.
  3. Throw out the ice in your martini glass. Cut your second lime in half and cut a small slit across the diameter of one half. Turn your martini glass upside down and wet the rim of the glass with lime.
  4. Dip and twist the rim of the glass into a plate of sugar until the whole rim is covered in a sugar rim.
  5. Strain the cocktail into your glass.
  6. Use a peeler to peel a strip of lime zest. Use a knife to even out each side so you have a straight strip of lime zest. Use your fingers to twist the zest to create a spiral shape.
  7. Garnish with a blackberry dropped into the cocktail and place the twist of lime onto the edge of the glass.

Watch the process


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