Blackberry Spritzer

A refreshing drink to quench your thirst in the summer.

LYNDA BALSLEV/Courtesy

When it’s summertime and the living is easy, I can’t think of a better way to enjoy the heat than with a refreshing, thirst-quenching beverage. Fruit syrups are a great addition to drinks, adding sweetness, fruity flavor, and vibrant color, and when there are more berries in the garden than you can shake a stick at, I gather a bunch and cook them with sugar, water, or citrus to make a versatile syrup to mix into drinks or drizzle over fruit.

Depending on the mood or time of day, I’ll stir a few spoons of fruit syrup into icy glasses of prosecco or sparkling water. If I’m feeling extra festive, I’ll muddle a jigger-full with mint, lime, and rum and call it a Mojito. If you have extra syrup, freeze it in ice cube trays to pop into drinks or thaw later in the year for nostalgic sip of summer.

Feel free to substitute other berries, such as raspberries, strawberries, or boysenberries for the blackberries.

Lynda Balslev is the co-author of “Almonds: Recipes, History, Culture” (Gibbs Smith, 2014.)

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