This spritzer takes a bit of advance preparation, but is so worth it. It employs an old-school concoction known as a "Shrub." It's a combination of a fruit syrup and vinegar that lends real depth of flavor to any cocktail. The agrodolce (sour-sweet) vibe of the Blackberry Shrub is the ideal accompaniment to Mattaponi Winery's Blackberry Wine, complementing its own sweet and sour flavors perfectly.
Blackberry Shrub Ingredients:
- 1 part Blackberries
- 1 part cane sugar
- Pinch salt
- Red wine vinegar
- Fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth
Makadewamin Sip Ingredients:
- 2 shots Makadewamin Blackberry Wine
- 1 shot Blackberry Shrub
- Ice to shake
- 4 - 6 ounces Club Soda
- Simple Syrup
- Mint, to garnish
Make the Blackberry Shrub:
- In a bowl, combine the blackberries, sugar, and salt. Toss to combine and leave in the refrigerator overnight, up to a couple days. It will express quite a lot of liquid.
- Set a fine mesh sieve and/or cheesecloth over a clean bowl, and strain the liquid from the mascerated blackberries. Do not press on the berries, let it strain naturally, at least a half hour.
- Measure the blackberry syrup and add half as much red wine vinegar to it. Stir well and taste — it should be sweet and sour.
- Decant into an airtight container, it will keep at least a month. The flavor will mellow over time.
Make the Makadewamin Sip:
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the Makadewamin Blackberry WIne, Blackberry Shrub, and ice. Shake well until the shaker is frosted.
- Pour into two glasses and top up with club soda. If desired, add a slurp of simple syrup to taste. Garnish with a sprig of mint.