Makadewamin Sip

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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:

Make the Blackberry Shrub:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Measure the blackberry syrup and add half as much red wine vinegar to it. Stir well and taste — it should be sweet and sour.
  4. Decant into an airtight container, it will keep at least a month. The flavor will mellow over time.

Make the Makadewamin Sip:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the Makadewamin Blackberry WIne, Blackberry Shrub, and ice. Shake well until the shaker is frosted.
  2. 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.