Our wedding cocktail of the week: ‘Blackberry Thyme Sparkler’

Do you want to give your classic champagne cocktail a unique modern twist? Try something different with our ‘Blackberry Thyme Sparkler’.

The fruitiness of this cocktail is complemented by a light spicy after-taste. This delicious blackberry and thyme cocktail will definitely spice-up your wedding reception.

Total Prep Time: Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

5 minutes

3 days rest time


  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 bottle of champagne
  • 4 oz. gin
  • 4 long sprigs of thyme
  • 1 cup ice
  •  gold baking sugar for the rim


In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil.
Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/redish colour. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool.
This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least 3 days in the refrigerator.
Prepare your champagne glasses.  Okay, so here is a little secret of getting those beautiful sugars to stay atop the rim: butter.  It adheres perfectly and you honestly never taste it. Place the tiniest amount between your fingers and rub just around the rim of the glass before dipping the glass into the gold baking sugar.
Next, begin by adding 1 ounce of gin to each champagne glass.  Next drop tree blackberries in each glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with a sprig of thyme in each glass.
Credits to: The Effortless Chic