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The Blackberry

THE BLACKBERRY

2 oz Tanqueray gin
1/2 oz blackberry puree
1/4 oz simple syrup (or syrup made with sugar substitute)
7 mint leaves
1 oz club soda

TO MAKE: [1] Pour Tanqueray, blackberry puree, simple syrup, and 5 mint leaves into a shaker filled with ice. [2] Shake lightly. [3] Pour contents of shaker into a short rocks glass. [4] Top with club soda and garnish with remaining mint. [5] Serve.

CUT CALORIES
To make a calorie-free simple syrup, use a 1-to-1 ratio of granulated sugar substitute and water. Mix ingredients in a saucepan, bring almost to a boil, remove from heat, and let cool. Store in your fridge and use as needed.

COOL YOUR PALATE
Using mint in this drink enhances the juniper-berry flavor and aroma of the gin. Plus, it's good for you: According to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, mint is a rich source of cancer-fighting antioxidants.

SHAKE OFF THE YEARS
Researchers at the University of Western Ontario found that alcoholic cocktails - specifically gin martinis-that are shaken have stronger antioxidant properties than those that are stirred. No wonder Bond never seems to age!

LOWER LDL
Got cholesterol problems? You shouldn't if you've been reading MF. But just in case, research from UC Davis shows that berries - especially blackberries - can significantly reduce the buildup of LDL cholesterol, a contributor to heart disease and stroke. To make a puree, simply toss fresh blackberries into a blender or food processor.

Nutrition facts for drink shown (made with sugar substitute): 140 calories, 3 g carbs, 0 g fat

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