You will be relieved however to know that there is some common ground detailing what the basic building blocks should be: an alcoholic spirit, a sweetener, lemon and some kind of warm base (tea, cider or water). The recipe below makes use of fresh blackberry juice, both as a sweetener and a gorgeous color saturation enhancer.
- 6 oz package of blackberries (set aside 2 berries for garnish)
- 4 oz bourbon whiskey (gin or rum can be substituted)
- 2 tsp raw sugar (plus extra for edge of glass – optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 8 oz Earl Grey or other mild, freshly brewed hot tea
- 2 lemon wedges
- 1 long sprig of thyme