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Blackberry rye ginger cocktail recipe

 salty paloma dillon's blackberry rye ginger cocktail recipe

We're digging in to our selection of dark spirits for various winter cocktails this season. Check out our latest cocktail recipe, a blackberry rye smash, featuring the super smooth and delicious Dillon's Rye Whisky - made with pure rye grain – no barley, no wheat, and no corn. 

And of course we're using our latest cocktail rimmer Havana, infused with lime, mint, raw cane sugar, and of course - grapefruit zest to really bring out citrus and herbal notes to your cocktails.

What typically makes a drink a "smash" is how much alcohol there is compared to all the other ingredients. Usually with a spirit, simple syrup and something muddled, it's a super fun cocktail to create at home. So if you're feeling merry and want a nice citrus punch to your cocktails, this drink is for you!


  • 2 oz Dillon's Rye Whisky
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • ginger beer (or soda)
  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh blackberries
  • Havana cocktail rimmer 


  1. Pour 1 tablespoon of Havana cocktail rimmer on a plate
  2. Moisten the rim of your glass with a lime wedge and evenly dip your glass into rimmer
  3. Break off a few sprigs of mint and muddle with blackberries, lime juice and 1 teaspoon of Havana cocktail rimmer in a cocktail shaker
  4. Add rye and ice and shake for 30 seconds
  5. Fill rimmed glass with ice and pour shaken mixture up to 3/4 of the glass, then top with ginger beer
  6. Add mint leaves and lemon wedges for garnish (optional)

salty paloma dillon's blackberry rye ginger cocktail recipeThe best thing about this is you can use it both as a cocktail rimmer garnish or directly in your drink! Of course if you'd prefer, you can alway substitute our recipe with simple syrup or a sugar cube.

We also tried this delicious drink with Dillon's unfiltered gin. If you're the type that enjoys a lot of floral and herbal notes, that could be a great variation for you!

Have you tried our Havana cocktail rimmer yet? Tag us on Instagram with your cocktails at @saltypaloma.

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