Imagine you are on the ocean, in a large masted ship, surrounded by your fellow shipmates. The sea is raging, the wind is blowing, you look around and everyone is as calm as the summer waters. These are iron born from the furious house of Greyjoy. They do not quake when the seas turn rough.
If tensions are high these tough men and women of House Greyjoy may grab a drink to calm their nerves. A warm drink to harden their grip. This cocktail combines the subtle tartness of fresh blackberries with the unmistakable burnt sugar flavor of molasses. Add a splash of spiced rum and let it warm your chilled bones.
1 Pint of Blackberries
2 C Water
3 Tbsp Molasses
3 Oz Spiced Rum
Pinch of Salt
Most of the time I choose to work with frozen fruit. I love having them on hand to spice up my evening drinks and they are so easy to use. Working with prepackaged frozen fruit can be a bit limiting at times. If you are looking for something specific you may need to journey to multiple stores, and you still may come up empty-handed.
For this drink I wanted to work with blackberries, I knew I was going to swoon over the color they helped produce and the tart flavor would help balance the molasses. I could not for the life of me find a bag of frozen berries unless they were mixed with some sort of medley.
The obvious choice is to go fresh! I have no qualms of working with fresh berries. I just like the convenience. Nothing is stopping me from purchasing my own stock of blackberries and just putting them in the freezer (so that is what I did).
In a small saucepan combine blackberries, salt, molasses, and water. Simmer on low until the berries are soft. Add in your molasses and continue to simmer for about 20 minutes. We want the berries to break down and the sugars in the molasses to act as a natural thickener.
Once you see the berries begin to soften and can easily slice them with a spoon, pour the contents into a blender. Blend until smooth.
If you are serving immediately, reheat. If not you may store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until it is time for a cocktail!
Once your guests have sailed in reheat your liquid, pour out each serving and add a splash (or two) of your favorite spiced rum. Drink up! I could not resist asking Bill to bring these mugs, they seemed exactly like something a Greyjoy would drink out of.
These fantastic mugs were loaned to me by my dear friend Bill who purchased them off a local rock climber and potter. These mugs are hand thrown and their handles are made to resemble a pinch hold on a climbing rout. If you are interested in high stakes hot beverage drinking check them out here! You can also follow these amazing creations @ceramicsclimbingcatastrophe.