Blackberry, Cucumber, Ginger Spritzer

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 73 hr 15 min (includes macerating time)
  • Active: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 8 drinks
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Ingredients

Blackberry Sipping Vinegar:

2 cups blackberries

2 cups sugar 

2 cups apple cider vinegar 

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 

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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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