Here in Washington, blackberries are ripe around August and September. The thorny vines are known as a weed and evasive. The berry at peek ripeness is simply wonderful! I am also the person playing catch-up with flavor fusing. Tonight, rosemary and blackberry are being seeped in a sugar syrup before straining. The drink:
Black Rose Martini
Blackberry-Rosemary Simple Syrup:
3/4 cup blackberries (keep a couple of berries for floating in the martini glass)
1/4 cup rosemary
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
Bring the blackberries, rosemary, sugar and water to a boil. Mash the berries slightly, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let steep for 10 minutes. Strain out the solids and keep the syrup in the refrigerator in a sealed container.
Completing Black Rose Martini
2 parts vodka
1 part blackberry-rosemary simple syrup
1/2 part soda water
Fill shaker half full of ice. Add vodka, simple syrup and soda water, shake for 5 seconds and strain into martini glass. Float a sprig of rosemary and (1) blackberry.
A perfect mix of sweet with rosemary and slight bite of vodka.