Courtesy Jennifer Clark, bar manager, Sternewirth at Hotel Emma at Pearl, San Antonio, TX

This “juicy, citrusy, fruity” drink is a riff on the classic Moscow Mule, Clark says. Therefore, this drink also happily works with vodka, if preferred. Of note, the more blackberries used, the darker purple the brew will become.

Clark offers these instructions for carefully creating the smoky rosemary sprig garnish: “To light the rosemary, take a torch or a regular lighter, and hold it to the sprig until a few of the leaves start burning. If the sprig is very green and fresh, it may take a few extra seconds to light. Then blow it out, place it in the drink, and let the earthy, herbaceous smell wow your guests!”

This article originally appeared in the October 2022 issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine.

2 ounces tequila
10 blackberries
1 ounce simple syrup (1:1 sugar to hot water)
Juice from half a lemon (about a ½ ounce)
Ginger beer
Rosemary sprig and 2 blackberries, for garnish


Shake tequila, simple syrup, and lemon juice with 10 blackberries and ice. Strain into a cocktail glass over fresh ice and top with a splash of ginger beer.

Garnish with blackberries and rosemary. Light the rosemary on fire for a smoky, spooky effect.