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Champagne infused fruit
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  A good friend of mine recently got married and I was thrilled to learn that she wanted to have a bachelorette party picnic on one of the local islands.  I quickly offered to create the menu for the event and was very pleased when I came across the idea for champagne infused fruit online.

On the day of the bachelorette party, sleep deprived and armed with sweet potato biscuits, mason jar quiche, pesto and wine bottles full of sweet tea, we ventured out to to Peaks Island and nestled down on the sand.  Caught between a field of purple wild flowers and the sea, I began to think of all the other fruits that could easily be infused with champagne.  If you know me at all, you surely know that I am a sucker for sparkling wine of any kind, so you can imagine how excited I was to stumble across the idea of infusing it into fruit.

This is a very simple recipe that requires little muss or fuss and can be made overnight.  Experiment with this any way you please!

:: Some fruits and combinations to consider ::

  • Tangerine and cracked cardamom pods

  • Strawberries and basil

  • Blueberries and mint

  • Cherries

  • Melons

  • Figs

  • Blackberries

1 bottle champagne or sparkling wine

Fruit of your choice

1 Mason jar with lid

Wash your fruit and prepare as necessary ( remove stems, peel your tangerines, ball your melons, etc. ).  Place in jar and pour champagne over the fruit.  Screw lid on tightly and keep in fridge overnight.  

Add to your favorite cocktail (or mocktail), iced tea or lemonade.  Bonus, you'll have a sweet, fruity bubbly to sip upon once the fruit is removed.

Please drink with care

Blackberry gin
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Spring in New England is nearing and I'm starting to dream about putting berries and flowers in everything I eat and drink. This is my first spring back in the northeast in a few years after being in California, so I'm still adjusting to this climate and rediscovering the growing patterns of these eastern plants. 

So in honor of my California friends who have already found themselves in the midst of a blooming wonderland, I whipped up this drink yesterday afternoon to sip in the sun while scheming plans for warmer days soon to come. As the afternoon wore on and the baby flower buds no doubt grew tired of hearing about all my plans for our grand springtime adventures, I came inside to record this new recipe and share it with you. 

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I doubt that I am the first person to make this drink, but here it is from my own hands to yours. 

Gin - your preference - 

One small bunch mint leaves

Fresh blackberries  

Tonic water  

Orange blossom water  

Place washed berries and 5 large mint leaves (ripped into quarters) in a small bowl - a mortar and pestle will work as well - and crush with a fork. Work the berries and mint leaves into a jam like consistency.  

Pour 1.5 ounces of gin - more or less one shot glass full - in a glass and add tonic water. Include your blackberry and mint mix (I recommend a teaspoon per glass) and a splash of orange blossom water. Give your drink a good stir and top it off with a mint leaf or two.  

To make this drink "virgin", use seltzer water or a strong ginger ale in place of the tonic and gin. 

 

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Blackberries are full of vitamins C & B.  They are also said to promote digestive health and boost your immune system.

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