This recipe is easy to make and perfect for drinking by the fire. The delicate pink or tawny colour is made from the old year’s berries. You can use a nip of the hawthorn gin or a simple, delicious blackberry syrup that, with some brief simmering, distils the flavour of late summer so that you can taste it in your glass.
All poetic thoughts aside, it will cheer you right up if there’s a squall blowing outside, you dropped your purse in a puddle or you’ve yet to tackle your tax return. It is, like its namesake Mary Berry, reassuring and very lovely.
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For the cocktail
- Sloe, damson, hawthorn or rosehip gin or blackberry syrup
- Your favourite white wine
- A good tonic water
- A few fresh berries (optional)
For the blackberry syrup
- Frozen blackberries 350g (12oz)
- Golden caster sugar 200g (7oz)
- A splash of water
This is an extract from Making Winter by Emma Mitchell, published by Mara Books, £14.99