Happy Memorial Day! And happy birthday to me! This year my friends Shalaina and David are hosting a sort of combo birthday/Memorial Day shindig at their home, and I am beyond excited. Guests start arriving in a couple hours, and I’m getting ready. There’s nothing I’d rather be doing than planning a party, so the past few weeks have been a blast.
Anyway, I wanted to share one of the yummy signature cocktails from the party with you. Try it this summer! This one’s called “The Blacker the Berry” because… well… you know what they say.
Cocktail Recipe The Blacker the Berry (serves 6)
● 2 cups fresh blackberries
● 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
● 2/3 cup water
● 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary (Don’t like rosemary? You crazy. But you can substitute thyme as pictured.)
● 1 (750ml) bottle Prosecco (Italian sparkling white wine), chilled
● Garnishes: fresh rosemary sprigs and blackberries
Simmer blackberries, sugar, water, and rosemary in a small heavy saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by about two thirds, about 20 minutes.
Pour into a very fine sieve set over a glass measure and let stand 5 minutes (there will be about 1/3 cup). Discard solids (do not press on them). Chill syrup, covered, until cold.
Divide Prosecco among 6 small flutes, then pour 1 1/2 teaspoons syrup into each drink.
Big shout out to Michelle at Four Cafe for the recipe and all the yummy culinary amazingness!
Four Cafe 2122 Colorado Blvd
Eagle Rock CA 90041
I’ll be posting photos from the party on Instagram and Facebook later, so be sure to check them out there! Love you! Time to party. xox