WRITTEN BY Tamberlyn Dobrowski
PHOTOGRAPHY BY Christina Hussey
I have always loved sweet blackberries and enjoy trying out new ways to incorporate them into recipes when in season. They hold their own tossed into salads or smoothies or served with cheese and crackers as an appetizer. I have spotlighted the blackberry in the following recipes for muffins, salads, entrees, desserts and cocktails. Enjoy the inky, sweet-tart juices from this healthy fruit—a vibrant reminder that summer has arrived!
Blackberry Fast Facts
- Blackberries are in peak season from June to September.
- Blackberries do not ripen once plucked, so choose ripe ones that are bright and aromatic.
- Refrigerate berries in their containers and use within a few days. They are sensitive to moisture, so it is best to wash them just prior to use.
Blackberry Soda with Homemade Blackberry Syrup
Flavored syrups are one of my favorite parts of drink-making, whether they be boozy or not. Not only are they easy to make, they are also super versatile. This blackberry syrup is great in sodas or cocktails, but I’m warning you, if you pour it over vanilla ice cream, you might not survive the explosion of deliciousness. You can also drizzle it over yogurt, stir a little into a cup of tea or pour it straight over crushed ice, snow-cone style.
Honeysuckle Moscow Mule
Making the Moscow Mule a little more Southern, one sip at a time. Cheers!
Southbound Greyhound and Ruby Slipper
Two fantastic cocktails featuring Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka. Try one or both!
Mango and Blackberry Salad with Mozzarella and Frisée
They may not sound like a natural pairing, but mango and mozzarella, like tomatoes and mozzarella, work remarkably well together. Don’t be intimidated by the cardamom syrup. It’s easy to make and tastes great on the savory-sweet salad.
Melon, Berry, and Feta Salad
Use whatever melon looks best at the market. You can also swap out the feta for ricotta salata, or the chives for mint.