Blackberry, Cucumber, Ginger Spritzer

TOTAL TIME: 73 hr 30 min
Prep: 1 hr 15 min
Inactive Prep: 72 hr
Cook: 15 min
 
YIELD: 8 drinks
LEVEL: Intermediate

ingredients

BLACKBERRY SIPPING VINEGAR:
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 2 cups sugar
GINGER-INFUSED HERBAL TEA:
  • One 6-inch piece ginger, sliced into coins and smashed
  • 2 mixed berry herbal tea bags
SPRITZER:
  • Ice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup elderflower syrup
  • Seltzer water, to top off
  • 24 slices cucumber (3 slices per drink), for garnish
  • 8 thinly sliced ginger coins, for garnish
  • 8 fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
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Directions

For the sipping vinegar: Mash the blackberries and sugar together in a bowl, cover and refrigerate for 2 days, stirring occasionally. Add the vinegar to the macerated blackberries and refrigerate for another day. Press the mixture through a fine mesh strainer, discarding the solids. Transfer your sipping vinegar to a container.

For the herbal tea: Combine the ginger and 2 1/2 cups water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the tea bags and turn off the heat. Let the mixture steep for 5 minutes, then strain and cool.

For the spritzer: Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 2 ounces blackberry sipping vinegar, 2 ounces cooled herbal tea, 1/2 ounce lemon juice and 1/2 ounce elderflower syrup. Shake vigorously and pour over a glass filled with ice. Top off with some seltzer and garnish with 3 cucumber slices, 1 ginger coin and a mint sprig. Repeat.

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