Unless an Indian summer comes to the rescue, it looks like we've had the last of the hot sunny days. So move over long, refreshing cocktails and hello to something a little punchier that'll help keep out the cold.
September is a month of berries. I'm not sure I'd recommend them without a wash, but even on the grimy green spaces of London, blackberries are ripening everywhere, and English autumn raspberries are piled up in the supermarkets.
With this in mind, I roped in some more happy volunteers to track down The Ultimate Berry Cocktail.
Most berry cocktail recipes we came across included Creme de Mure (blackberry liqueur), but we had real trouble finding any, so instead used Chambourd which is a black raspberry liqueur. The results are obviously slightly different than intended, but still very delicious.
Black & Blue
Adapted from Mix, Shake and Pour
2 shots gin
0.25 shots Creme de Mure (or Chambourd!)
2.5 shots apple juice
Muddle the blueberries with the gin in a cocktail shaker. Add the other ingredients and lots of ice, then shake well and strain into a glass (it deserves a bit of glamour, so if you've got one, a martini glass is perfect.) Garnish with three blueberries.