Sunday, June 28, 2020

Anyone For Cocktails?

On the weekends I like to have a cocktail while I am cooking dinner. This weekend I tried something new. I found a recipe on the Eating Well site. It was for a Blackberry-Rosemary Vodka and Soda. I was in. I picked up a small ($$) container of blackberries. If I had not spent so many years picking blackberries in my Father's garden I would cringe at the price I paid. But I remembered the damn thorns and was glad I was not pricked by them picking the berries. I had all the other ingredients in the house.

I made the syrup.

1 cup of Blackberries
1/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of water

Set a fine-mesh strainer over a heatproof bowl.
Muddle blackberries, rosemary, and sugar in a small saucepan until almost smooth.
Add water and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and deep purple, about 5 minutes.
Strain the mixture into the bowl, pressing on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Refrigerate until cool, about 30 minutes.

After I got home from my much-needed hair appointment and started dinner Chris made the cocktail.
Vodka, we don't measure, was poured into a glass with ice. The blackberry syrup was added along with a splash of lime juice and a sprig of rosemary and a lime slice for garnish. WOW. Loved this.

Now onto Sunday afternoon. It was a lovely day and I decided to sit on the deck, so some embroidery and have a cocktail. I filled a large glass with ice and added some Vodka. I filled the glass with club soda and topped it with some of the Blackberry Syrup. Some blackberries and a lime slice as garnish. Winner!!

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