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Recipe: The Death Rattle – a cocktail memorializing the Blackberry smartphone

My brother sent me a link last night to a story on about the troubles that RIM is having in North America with their Blackberry service. His comment wondered if this would be the end of the Blackberry, something that has been looming on the horizon for a while now.

Naturally, this inspired me to think about cocktails and how I could commemorate the end of this once-great brand in liquid form. This is what I came up with:


Death Rattle

Shake with ice:

1 1/2 oz. Death's Door Vodka
1/2 oz. Blackberry Brandy
1/2 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur

Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.


I tried to think of ingredients that would go together in a pleasing fashion, yet also be symbolic of the Blackberry and its impending doom. The result is both tasty and tongue-in-cheek.

Although I don't often make vodka cocktails, the base spirit in this one was a no-brainer, as was the Blackberry Brandy (I used Bols), which adds some sweetness. The Elderflower Liqueur doesn't have any symbolism with regards to the theme of the drink, but it gives it a pleasing floral quality that pairs very nicely with the blackberry flavor.