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Spring is in the air and summer is right around the corner! So it’s time to start breaking out the wine spritzer!
Most years a wine spritzer would be enjoyed with family and friends over appetizers, or lounging days by the pool. This year, with Covid-19, things are looking a little different. But, rest assured, this light and refreshing wine spritzer is equally enjoyable in self quarantine. And, let’s be honest, after all this self quarantining and social distancing, you need a drink now more than ever! Let’s self quarantine in style!
When I saw this new flavor of Hibiscus La Croix, I knew I wanted to make a rose wine spritzer with it! It gives it a slight floral note, which is so fun and feels so perfect for the season.
I used my favorite Warr-King Wines rose for this spritzer. It is truly delicious. It’s well balanced, and ever so slightly sweet. It’s great on its own, but also holds its own in a spritzer as well. I discovered it a couple years ago at the Anacortes Spring Wine Festival, an amazing wine tasting event held in town every year. Sadly, it, along with everything else, has been postponed and possibly canceled this year.
Blackberries are one of my favorite berries. Here in the Pacific Northwest you can find them growing wild everywhere! They are considered a pest! But, a sweet pest. Cooking them down into a syrup adds great flavor and a dash of sweetness, but not too much. The berries themselves are a little tart, so you don’t get a sucker punch of sweet. If that’s your thing, then just load up on the sugar.
Then the lemon adds some brightness, which really rounds out this spritzer well. I love using just a little bit of lemon in drinks as well as food. It just adds a little bit of complexity to a dish. It’s the secret ingredient that people can’t place but that makes a dish, or drink!
Even with the monkfruit in the blackberry syrup, this is not a sweet spritzer. It is light and refreshing. If you are looking for something sweet, use a sweet rose, or sweet white wine, and add more monkfuit to taste. I use monkfuit sweetener because it has no calories, no weird aftertaste flavor and doesn’t have a lot of the negatives of sugar. But, you could use whatever sweetener you prefer, including regular sugar.
So cheers! From afar, you know, social distancing and all.
Blackberry Lemon Hibiscus Wine Spritzer
- 1/2 cup blackberries
- 1 tsp monkfruit sweetener
- 1 lemon,1/2 for juicing and 1/2 for decoration
- 1 can hibiscus La Croix
- 16 oz wine of choice (rose or bright white wine preferred)
- In a small sauce pan, combine blackberries, monkfuit sweetener, and juice from 1/2 lemon
- Simmer on low, letting the blackberries break down. After about 5 minutes, remove from heat and strain. *Note: If you have lost too much liquid before the berries break down, while still on the heat, you can add small amounts of hibiscus La Croix to the mixture.
- While blackberries are straining and cooling, add equal parts wine and La Croix to your glass
- Add blackberry simple syrup to your glass
- Garnish with a lemon wedge
- Wow your guests and enjoy!
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