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As promised! The second installment in my flavored ice-cube series. Check out the first here.

I love when an experiment turns out for the best, and that’s exactly what happened in this case. With the arrival of fresh berries you know that summer has arrived and I wanted a refreshing drink that was sweet, but also let the berries have their time in the limelight. This does the job.

Blackberry flavored ice cube with vanilla vodka


1/2 cup fresh blackberries

4-5 sprigs of of mint

1/4 cup of Blackberry Crush from Trader Joe’s- or any berry flavored drink

3 tablespoons of simple syrup

3 tablespoons of water

2 oz Smirnoff Vanilla flavored Vodka (any flavored vanilla vodka will do)

1/2-1 oz of club soda

1 Tovolo Ice Sphere Mold OR regular ice tray

Vanilla Vodka with Blackberry flavored ice cube


Shred the sprigs of mint. Mix the blackberries mint together in a bowl. Add Blackberry Crush, simple syrup, and water. Pour all ingredients into an ice tray. Freeze for 2-5 hours.

Remove from fridge and ice cube(s) to vodka in a short or tall glass. Top off with club soda. Add a blackberry and sprig of mint to garnish.

Drink up!