Muddle 3 blackberries in a rocks glass, add crushed ice, set aside.
In a shaker with ice add:
2 oz. Plymouth gin (or vodka)
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. heavy simple syrup*
Shake sexily, then strain into glass, add more crushed ice.Top with Creme de Mure and garnish with a blackberry.
(*Heavy simple is 2 parts sugar and 1 part water)
State Street Eating House, 1533 State St.
Ross McLeod stepped out for Sarasota Film Festival’s opening night with some private school panache, hitting all the preppy marks: buttoned-up oxford, bow tie, slim-fit chinos, retro Wayfarers and tri-colored leather boat shoes.
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This article appears in the June 2012 issue of Sarasota Magazine.