‘Tis the season for berries and fresh herbs. Both of these provided inspiration when I was looking for a special drink to make for this month’s Gourmet Dinner Club gathering. This group of ladies loves Proseco (well, really anything bubbly), so I wanted to come up with something fun to serve for our summer gathering. I decided on a fresh blackberry and rosemary syrup to go with the sparkling wine.The rosemary adds a level of complexity to the yummy sweet berries – perfectly ripe at this time of the summer. And, everything is always better when you add a bit of bubbly to it.

This syrup is very versatile – you can add it to other cocktails, sparkling water, lemonade or even use it to top vanilla ice cream.

Blackberry-Rosemary Sparklers













Blackberry-Rosemary Sparklers
5.0 from 2 reviews
Recipe type: Drink
Serves: 6
  • 2 cups of blackberries (about 10-12 ounces)
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • ⅔ cup water
  • 1½ tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 (750-ml) bottle Prosecco or other sparkling wine, chilled
  • Garnishes: fresh rosemary sprigs and blackberries
  1. Over low to medium heat, simmer blackberries, sugar, water, and rosemary in a small heavy saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened and reduced by about two thirds, about 30-40 minutes.
  2. Pour into a very fine sieve set over a glass measuring cup (there will be about ⅓ cup). Discard solids (do not press on them). Chill syrup, covered, until cold.
  3. Pour 1½ teaspoons syrup into a small flute and fill glass with Prosecco.
- This recipe makes more syrup than you'll need for 6 drinks. Use additional for extra cocktails or stir it into sparkling water or lemonade or use it on top of ice cream. - Syrup keeps, covered and chilled, 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.


Source:  variation of a recipe from Gourmet (September, 2002)

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2012-08-14T17:52:59+00:00 August 14th, 2012|Categories: Drinks|Tags: , , , |4 Comments


  1. Annie August 14, 2012 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    delish…can i have one of these even if its december????

    • Nicole August 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      I will happily make a special batch for you in December!

  2. LuAnn August 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm - Reply

    We loved this at Gourmet Dinner Club last night!!

  3. embry August 22, 2012 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    Once again, yummy drink Nicole!

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