So on the ice front, there are molds at Surly Table that you can get to make cubes pretty darn close to Kold-Draft. They can be a little smelly in the beginning, so it doesn’t hurt to make a couple of batches and toss them. Like pancakes.
You can also freeze muffin tins, cake pans or just fill up some ziplock freezer bags with water and toss them in the freezer overnight. Then wrap a towel around the bag an hit it with something, rolling pin, muddler, hammer, sautee pan, until you have all the kinds of ice you need. This method will yield , crushed ice shaking, cracked, shaking ice, ice and rocks ice and collins ice. (I think the crushed ice that came out of your fridge was too fine to allow the blackberry cordial to lace down through the drink.)
I don’t mind the little bits of mint floating on top op the cocktail, but you are welcome to double strain it if you want.
AAAh, Pimms and Cynar to great things to have in your home bar. There are so many things you can do before the summer is over.
Sounds like you had a great time, which makes me very happy. I would love to know how the home version compares to The Violet Hour version.