First you have to start with fresh blackberries (ok I suppose you could use frozen - I am sure that would work fine - however you would miss out on the part where you literally have to slap your hand to keep from popping anymore fresh blackberries in your mouth). Ooooh and the color ... I want a blackberry dress or boots ... beautiful!
Next you need to make some wonderful blackberry syrup. Now the applications here are endless. You will use this in the float and for so much more. Syrup for pancakes, in a yummy cocktail, drizzled over ice cream or yogurt, into a sauce for meat over some goat cheese ... endless I tell you ... endless.
blackberry syrup by ann west
4 pints of fresh blackberries
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water or a little less
tiny squeeze of lemon
heat and reduce for about 20 minutes and watch how those beautiful colors turn. So exciting. Strain your syrup, pressing all of the solids and getting every last bit of the wonderful syrup into your bowl. (i love a wire double mesh strainer here). Let your syrup cool.
again the color....
black berry prosecco float by ann west
2 scoops your favorite vanilla ice cream
layer this with black berry syrup
add some fresh blackberries that have a squeeze of lemon on them (tossed with thyme would be extra fancy)
fill the glass with some crisp prosecco
garnish with a mint leaf and lemon zest
delicious and a fun summer treat for adults!
Here are couple more fun drink ideas for blackberries this summer! enjoy.
blackberry fizz by ann west
in a clear 8oz glass add
4 tbls blackberry syrup
fill with soda water (you could add some lemonade too, this would make it more of a punch!)
blackberry italian cream soda by ann west
2 - 3 tbls blackberry syrup
1/4 or so of half and half
yum! I hope you enjoy one or all three!