Blackberry season is finally in full New England swing! Every year I await with great anticipation the first deep purple bursts of heaven to appear amongst our out of control but much beloved blackberry bramble bushes. For as long as I was a wee one we have always had blueberry, blackberry and raspberry bushes. Before you romanticize how lovely it must be to have these sweet lovelies free for the picking, let me fill you in on a dirty little secret- fruits with hundreds of little seeds are natures finest delicacy to birds. They hover and feast around the bushes and guess what happens next? These flying little naughties eat and then poop, yes, they then poop out hundreds, no thousands of seeds wherever they happen to fly. Having berry bushes is a commitment to non stop pruning, pulling up errant thorny seedlings and figuring out creative ways of using up all of your berry bounty before the birds get to them or rot sets in.
I know many of you horticulturists might be saying, just net your berry bushes, Buggy! Well, the blueberries and raspberries are netted but the blackberries are just a lost cause and truth be told, I like that the birds are sharing our bounty.
Feel free to adjust the amount of citrus and sweetness to your liking. Buggy Designs Blog cocktail recipes tend to not be very sweet simply because I like a drink to be balanced and really refreshing. For those of you with a sweet tooth, have at it! Another tip, don’t get bogged down with thinking ginger simple syrup is a big deal to make. It takes about 4 minutes start to finish. You don’t even have to peel the ginger if your’re in a hurry. No one will know!
*additional blackberries and mint for garnish
1 cup sugar