Today I discovered that the official drink of Thurby is the old fashioned. How appropriate, since Thurby is billed as Louisville's Day at the Races and the old fashioned is the official drink of the city of Louisville.
(As an aside I should note for those of you not in the know that Thurby has become the designated day for Louisvillians and those native to the area to go to the track. Oaks Day, the day before the Kentucky Derby, used to be the day we would all head to Churchill Downs, but that's become just as busy and overrun with out-of-towners as Derby, so we moved our day back by one and gave the day a funny name. Holiday invented. I suppose now we all have to take Thursday off as well as Friday and Saturday.)
And I have this lovely jar of violet blackberry simple syrup that's just begging to be used. So let's mix up a blackberry old fashioned (AKA the Purple Thurby). As a nod to my being raised on the Indiana side of things, I've added in a little of Huber's Starlight Blackberry Whiskey.
1 1/2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz blackberry simple syrup
1/2 oz Huber's Starlight Blackberry Flavored Whiskey
3 dashes Fee Brothers walnut bitters
Garnish: Fresh basil and blackberries
Add the bourbon, blackberry simple, blackberry whiskey and bitters to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with a large ice cube and garnish with fresh basil and blackberries.
Blackberry Simple Syrup
2 cups blackberries, fresh or frozen
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
Add ingredients to a saucepan and on medium-high until the sugar has dissolved and the it starts to simmer. Simmer for about 5 minutes, then turn the heat down for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat off, let it cool completely and double strain into a container. Keep refrigerated. Use within a few weeks. If you add a little vodka, it will keep much longer.
Heather Wibbels is a cocktail enthusiast who spends her time thinking about cocktails, researching cocktails and making cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.