Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Dewberry Spritzer

Every night after dinner the girls and I have gone out to the dewberry patch. It's a five-minute drive and the berry vines go on and on and on. Though we park in plain view of the road, no one ever seems to realize that there are millions of dewberries for the picking, and it seems that we are the only ones taking advantage of the over-abundance.

We have gallons in the freezer, jars of jam setting on the counter, and cold berries in the fridge. And we're drinking:

Dewberry Spritzer

In a medium saucepan combine 4 c. vinegar (cider or wine), a cup of sugar, and 2 c. blackberries, dewberries, or raspberries.

Simmer gently for five minutes, then pour through a strainer, putting the vinegar back into the bottles, or into a clean Mason jar. Discard the solids.

To make a spritzer, put a couple of tablespoons of the vinegar in the glass, add a spoon or two of sugar if you want (I don't), fill with ice, and top with seltzer or even plain water. A mint garnish is nice, and so is a straw.

Southern people traditionally drink vinegar and fruit tonics in the spring and early summer. They taste best then!


Cynthia said...

Interesting. I have never heard of the vinegar mix. I thought it was a misprint. This Northern girl has some more learning to do.

i'm beccy. said...

I had to look up what a dewberry was. :o). I have been taught not to eat any berry that I am not sure of, so maybe that is why no one else is taking them? Looks yummy!

Tracy said...

I've never seen of heard of a dewberry, but google is my friend! I've learnt that they are related to blackberries and look like black-coloured raspberries. If I were able to eat sugar (which I can't) I bet I would enjoy those dewberries.

Enjoy your berry patch whilst noone else seems aware of it!

Alice said...

I thinkthe previous commenter is correct - people are not familiar with them so they don't know to pick them. I like them better than blackberries because they are sweeter, but not quite as much as black raspberries! :)

Lisa said...

I'd never heard of them, either. Your drink sounds awfully good.


Margo said...

Wow, I'm so intrigued. Never heard of dewberries. I dream of such an abundance. . .

Kimmie said...

Okay, in all my life I have never known that God created a dewberry. I am probably one of the ones that just drove on by them...can you show us how they grow? And perhaps a peek at a few being picked?

mama to 8
one homemade and 7 adopted

Anna said...

Kimmie, they are JUST like wild blackberries, only they ripen in May, and are botanically not the same. I'll show you some the next time we get out in the briar patch. I skipped tonight because we headed out at sunrise for strawberries this morning.

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