Blackberry Farm

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Farmstead 76

In 1976, the charm of Blackberry Farm captivated the Beall family and inspired a dream of sharing this magical property with good friends and family.  Blackberry Farm promotes health and wellness by focusing not just on exercise and proper nutrition, but also on engaged, optimal living.  Years before Blackberry was even a dream, on November 11, 1918, an armistice was put into effect helping end World War I.  During that time, the classic cocktail “French 75” was created.  The drink was made for returning WWI fighter pilots and named after the artillery gun called the French 75.  With all this in mind, the idea of making a popular cocktail healthier was born.  This is how the “Farmstead ‘76” was created.

The base of the cocktail is a natural rough-cut sugar cube muddled with fresh lemon juice and 3 cucumber wheels.  Cucumber is a great source of vitamin B, and the water content helps keep the body hydrated.  The Junipero Gin, from the Anchor Distilling Co. in San Francisco, is made by hand in the classic “distilled dry gin” tradition, which utilizes more than a dozen botanicals in their natural state.  Instead of filling the glass with champagne as in the original recipe, this libation is completed with sparkling water and then glazed with champagne.  This reduces the cocktail by about 90 calories while still giving the desired bubbles and brut taste.
So in celebration of Wellness Month on the farm, enjoy the great spring weather in one of our famous rocking chairs on the veranda, or start dinner off on the right foot by enjoying the Farmstead ‘76.

Farmstead ‘76

1.5 Oz. Junipero Gin
3 Cucumber wheels
1 Rough cut sugar cube
½ lemon freshly squeezed
Sparkling water
House champagne
1 Lemon peel

In an empty rocks glass, place 3 cucumber wheels over a rough cut sugar cube.  Freshly squeeze ½ a lemon into the glass and then muddle it all together.  Fill the glass with ice and add the gin.  Fill the glass with sparkling water and then glaze the top of the cocktail with house champagne.  Garnish with a lemon peel.  

Graham Case, Mixologist