Mulberries are in season! Whether you forage them yourself (as I did last weekend), or find them at the farmers market, use them while you can. In their darkest hue, these berries are wildly sweet, fragrant, and incredibly juicy. The lighter purple and red berries are a bit more tart and firm. A mixture of the sweeter and tart berries makes a wonderful crumble or pie, and I’m itching to try them out in a filling for homemade pop tarts.
And this pretty cocktail is an easy way to enjoy the bright, rich flavor of the darkest berries. A dash of chamomile liquor adds floral notes, while a healthy pour of gin helps cut the sweetness. You can also swap the mulberries for blueberries or raspberries. It’s a great summer cocktail, the kind that makes you want to sit on a porch all day, watching the day go by and drinking a Mulberry Sipper.
10 large, ripe mulberries, and additional for garnish
1½ ounces gin
½ ounce chamomile liquor
½ ounce fresh lemon juice
Put the mulberries, gin, chamomile liquor, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and muddle until the berries have released most of their liquid. Add ice, shake, and strain into a tumbler. Top with club soda and garnish with additional mulberries.