1 6–ounce container blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups gin
1 cup fresh lime juice
8 sprigs Thai basil or sweet basil
Purée blackberries and sugar in a blender. Let stand, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved, about 10 minutes. Strain purée through a fine-mesh sieve into a pitcher (there will be about 3/4 cup); discard seeds in sieve.
Stir gin and lime juice into pitcher with pureed berries.
Divide drink among ice-filled glasses; top with soda. Garnish each with a basil sprig.
CREDITS: Dave Mueller