Devils River Whiskey Blackberry Lemonade

Devils River Blackberry Lemonade Ingredients:
1 cup Devils River Whiskey
1 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup blackberry simple syrup (optional recipe below)

Blackberry Simple Syrup Ingredients:
12 oz. fresh blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water

Blackberry Simple Syrup Instructions (optional):
Put the blackberries, sugar, and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.
Cook for 15-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until blackberries have softened and you have a thick syrup.
Strain syrup through a mesh sieve to separate any seeds or lumps from the syrup. You can discard the leftover pulp, although I like to freeze it in ice cube trays and pop a cube or two in smoothies.
Let syrup cool on the counter for 20 minutes or so before you make the drinks.

Combine all ingredients in a large shaker and add a handful or two of ice cubes. Depending on the size of your shaker, you may have to shake the drinks in two batches.
Shake to combine and chill drinks.
Pour over ice into glasses. Top each drink with a splash of tonic water or sparkling wine (optional) and serve immediately.

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