Tuesday, August 30, 2011

refreshing blackberry sage coolers

Blackberries are by far my favorite fruit, so before they go out of season, I just had to pass along this delicious recipe I came across from Scaling Back blog for refreshing Blackberry Sage Coolers.  Aside from the gorgeous color, this purple concoction is the perfect drink for late summer entertaining.  As with all produce, its best to use ingredients that are in season, so be sure to try it out before the season's end (or freeze them to enjoy later on through the fall)!  California blackberries are available from May to October, while Northwest blackberries tend to last from late July to late August.  The unique flavor combination of fruit and herb, paired with the effervescence of a splash of club soda is simply divine!  For a great signature cocktail, add a little vodka and enjoy!

via Scaling Back blog

15 medium sage leaves
4 tablespoons sugar
1 cup water
8 ounces blackberries

Bring water and sugar to a boil over high heat until sugar is dissolved. Using the back of a spoon, crush sage leaves and add syrup mixture. Set aside and let sage infuse for 15 minutes, then remove herbs. Puree blackberries in a blender and strain the mixture through a fine strainer. To prepare, place a tablespoon of blackberry puree in the bottom of a glass and add a tablespoon of the sage syrup. Top off with 8 ounces of club soda and enjoy!

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