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Wineberry Garden Bubbles


I love wineberries - or wild raspberries as I called them growing up - so much! My sister and I would get up early and race the birds to go pick these berries. We’d try not to eat them all before it was time to sprinkle them on ice cream at night. But alas, like so many good things, wineberries have a dark side in that they are an invasive species that spreads rapidly, because birds like the berries as much as I do. Nowadays, I try to restrain myself from eating them all until it’s time for cocktails!



Mix honey and water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally to make a simple syrup. Pick out 8 of the prettiest wine berries and drop 2 into each flute. Muddle the rest and add to a shaker full of ice along with gin, honey syrup, elderflower liquor and lemon juice. Put on the cap on and shake until well chilled. Strain into the prepared flutes and top off with bubbly. Garnish with a sprig of mint and find a lovely garden to sit in. Cheers!


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  • 4 chilled champagne flutes
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup light honey
  • 4 oz gin (I like Hendricks or Botanist)
  • 2 oz elderflower liquor (St Germaine or other brand)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 cup fresh wineberries
  • 6 oz brut champagne, prosecco or cava
  • sprigs of mint

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