Summer often doesn’t start until July 5 here in the Pacific Northwest. It’s an inside joke that is really isn’t a joke, I have experienced the coldest Junes ever since I moved to Oregon. But in the spirit of amazing summer produce here is the first in a series of creating some Summer Yum!
Berries in the Pacific Northwest are awesome, blueberries, black berries, marionberries, raspberries, black caps (black raspberries), strawberries the litany can go on just like Bubba can go on about shrimp.
Black caps are smaller and more tart than raspberries but lend a lovely dark pink hue to this cocktail. If you cannot find black caps, blackberries are fine substitute.
Ingredients (2 cocktails)*
- 15-20 black caps
- 10-12 mint leaves
- 1 lemon
- sweet tea vodka – Jeremiah Weed and Firefly are two brands
- club soda/sparkling water or Sprite/7-Up
*Note – you can adjust to taste and the size of your glass
Muddle 5-8 black caps with mint at the bottom of the glass, add ice. Squeeze half a lemon, 1.5 oz of sweet tea vodka and top with club soda/sparkling water or sprite/7-Up. Stir and enjoy!
You may need to add some sugar depending on your personal taste. The vodka and if you choose the Sprite/7-Up option will add sweetness to your cocktail.