This all started with an abundance of berries from the previous week in my fridge. The raspberries became a crumble and the blackberries became a syrup, that eventually became this drink. The best part of summer eating are the fresh flavors so why not carry that into a drink? I was having a friend over for dinner and served these and they were very enjoyed.
This week has been pretty uneventful. I wish I had some exciting stories to tell or a new place I discovered. I did make an almond cake from a Food52 recipe I read. It was amazing and gone in one day. I plan on making it again this week. I also am planning to go strawberry picking in the next week or two. I have dreams of me in strawberry fields with armfuls of sweet red berries, while wearing the biggest smile on my face. I’m also in the process of moving back to Manhattan in August. Moving in any capacity is the most stressful thing in the world, especially when you’re moving states. This is a good move though. I’m moving back into the old neighborhood I used to live in. I’m also going to be living with one of my great friends. It has been hard to be away from the city for almost two years so I’m very excited to get back. Just a very stress filled two months until I will feel settled again.
I’m trying to enjoy my last couple of months in a bigger kitchen. I do forget how much more cramped it will be. I try not to think about that. I instead try to think about how to create a syrup with my abundance of leftover fruit. How to add herbs I have lying around in my fridge. How to drink these in the sunshine and let time stand still. When 2014 became 2015 I felt so good. I knew 2015 was going to be big. So far so good, the best is yet to come…
adapted from The Kitchn
- 1/4 cup of raw honey
- 1/4 cup of water
- 2 basil leaves
- 1/2 pound fresh blackberries
- sparkling water
- squeeze of lemon
- extra blackberries or basil leaves for garnish (optional)
- Heat the honey and water together over medium heat. Continue to stir. Just before it starts to boil, remove the mixture from the heat.
- Add the basil leaves and blackberries to the hot honey mixture and stir. Let the berries macerate in the hot honey until the mixture cools down a little and berries are broken down a bit.
- Pour the berries, basil and syrup into a blender and puree until well combined and has a uniform texture. Pour mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove seeds. You should be left with about a cup of smooth, thick syrup.
- To create the spritzer, fill a cup with some ice and add some of the syrup. 1/4 cup for a sweeter one. You can play with the amount to suit your taste.
- Add the sparkling water, splash of lemon juice, and stir. Garnish with berries or a basil leaf.