Blackberry Gin Fizz Float

Wow. Just, wow.

As a “beer girl”, I’ve never really been drawn to mixed drinks. I’ve typically found them to either be way, way too heavy on the alcohol or way, way too sweet. However, between enjoying my first mojito on my birthday this year and, most recently, this blackberry beauty, I might need to start giving fun mixed drinks more of a chance. With the right balance of flavors and lots of fresh ingredients, I’ve found that anything can be phenomenally delicious. This fizzy float combines a blackberry puree with gin, lime juice, fresh mint, ginger ale and a nice big scoop of vanilla ice cream. It’s part mixed drink, part Italian soda and part ice cream soda float… and 100% amazing.

A big pint of plump blackberries, fresh-picked mint and a bottle of gin. Let’s get started, shall we?

I’ve only tasted gin-based drinks a couple of times and have always had an “I could take it leave it” type of reaction. They didn’t blow me away, I didn’t love them, but I didn’t outright hate them, either. However, THIS gin-based drink? We could be the best of friends. It’s fruity but not too sweet, you can taste the gin but it’s not overwhelming, and the addition of mint and lime is refreshing. The finishing move is ginger ale and ice cream. It’s fabulous and irresistible. I didn’t expect to finish the whole drink, but before I knew it, I was slurping up every last bit from the bottom of the glass with my straw. ::hiccup::

This might be an adult drink, but all of the bubbles and fizz from the ginger ale and ice cream will make you feel like a kid again. This fizzy float is a perfect summer drink – great for sipping while enjoying the warm evening air out on the back deck. Bottoms up!

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Blackberry Gin Fizz Float

Yield: 4 drinks

Prep Time: 30 minutes


1 pint blackberries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon water
½ cup chopped mint leaves
8 ounces gin
¼ cup fresh lime juice
24 ounces ginger ale
Vanilla ice cream


1. Heat the blackberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Use a potato masher to smash the berries while they heat, continuing to cook until a thick consistency is reached, about 10 minutes. Set a fine mesh sieve over a small bowl and strain the blackberry mixture through, pressing out as much juice and pulp as possible. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.

2. For each drink, fill a cocktail shaker with 2 tablespoons of the blackberry puree, 2 tablespoons of the mint leaves, 2 ounces of gin, 1 tablespoon of lime juice and a handful of ice. Shake 5 or 6 times, or until the drink is ice cold. Strain into a tall glass, top with 6 ounces of ginger ale, and stir gently. Once all of the drinks are made, top each with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.

(Recipe adapted from Food Network)


23 Responses to “Blackberry Gin Fizz Float”

  1. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on August 8, 2012 at 2:01 am

    MMmm I am totally a mixed drink kinda girl and this has my name all over it 🙂


  2. Coleens Recipes on August 8, 2012 at 5:02 am

    Very pretty!!


  3. Vera Zecevic - Cupcakes Garden on August 8, 2012 at 8:49 am

    It looks so refreshing! I also adore blackberry! I’ve just pined image to my Pinterest board!


  4. bridget {bake at 350} on August 8, 2012 at 9:30 am

    That is one GORGEOUS drink!!!


  5. Laura Dembowski on August 8, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I’m not typically a gin drinker, but this may just change my mind. It looks so yummy, and I love blackberries!


  6. Debra on August 8, 2012 at 10:07 am

    Looks amazing.


  7. Riley on August 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

    This looks like a fun drink! And I love blackberries, so it’s perfect!


  8. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet on August 8, 2012 at 10:20 am

    So pretty! Would love to try this!


  9. Becky on August 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I’m a margarita kind of girl but THIS drink blows my mind!!! Ice cream? Blackberries? Gin? I’m SO there. Can’t wait to make this asap.


  10. Genêt on August 8, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I’m a craft beer girl at heart, but I do occasionally drink gin. Can’t wait to try this twist on a classic! Is it five o’clock yet????


  11. Stephanie @ Life Tastes Like Food on August 8, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious. Fruit? Gin? ICE CREAM? Uh…yes. Great summer drink! 🙂


  12. incrediblecrunchyflavor on August 8, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    wow! yes please!! i also love sloe gin… i wonder if you could skip a step and use that instead?


  13. Jen @ Savory Simple on August 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    I’ll admit it, I like mixed drinks. But I also have a terrible sweet tooth so I guess it makes sense. I would drink the hell out of this!


  14. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel on August 8, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Michelle, this looks like EXACTLY what I want handed to me when I walk in the door from a long day at work. Refreshing, fizzy, creamy and fruity and SO perfect, it’s insane. Love!


  15. Javelin Warrior on August 10, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I’m normally not a gin drinker but this float has persuaded me I should be 😉 Love the color and it looks so refreshing… I’m featuring this post in today’s Food Fetish Friday (with a link-back and attribution). I hope you have no objections and thanks always for keeping me inspired with new ideas…


  16. Carrie on August 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Gin and ginger ale is generally an excellent combination; blackberries and mint can only make it better. Oh, the possibilities!


  17. Shiloh on August 12, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I love a pretty cocktail!


  18. Suzanne on August 14, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Not much of a mixed drink gal myself, but this looks amazing (and a little dangerous).


  19. nicole @ I am a Honey Bee on August 21, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    I don’t normally love gin but I love blackberries so this would be really enjoyable. this osunds fantastic


  20. Amy Wojenski on May 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Loved this drink I just made it, try it with Hendricks Gin next time


  21. Lauren Ann on August 2, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    This looks amazing! I am going to try this with frozen berries (seeing as they are out of season in my part of the world). How many oz/grams of blackberries did you use for this recipie? Thanks!!


    • Michelle on August 3rd, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Hi Lauren, 1 pint is 16 ounces.


  22. wendyworldly on March 31, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Hi Michelle, I suggest trying Bombay Sapphire Gin…it is the best! Try it with tonic, ice and a pice of lime. Very refreshing in summer. Your recipe sounds yum, maybe I’ll try it next summer (we are mid-autumn in Oz)…ice cream with gin sounds a bit too easy to drink though!


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