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Patrick Cook, the beverage director at Hyperion Public in Studio City, Calif., uses vodka to even out this blackberry sour, which seemed a little too ginny. “I was in love with the drink, [but] it was almost too botanical and becoming unbalanced,” he says. “I knew that I still wanted to have two ounces of spirit but maybe dial it back just a touch.” Tweaking the ratio to equal-parts gin and vodka did the trick.

  • 4 Fresh blackberries
  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Gin
  • 1/2 oz Elderflower liqueur
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • Garnish: Rosemary sprig
  • Garnish: Lemon peel
  1. Muddle the blackberries in a shaker.

  2. Add remaining ingredients and ice and shake until well-chilled.

  3. Double-strain into a double Old Fashioned glass over fresh ice.

  4. Garnish with a rosemary sprig and lemon peel.

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