The Blackberry Spritz, from the James Beard Foundation, is a great example of how jams and fruit preserves can add wonderful flavor and velvety body to a cocktail.
The original recipe calls for Campari, a bitter citrus apéritif. If you have a sweeter tooth, you can use a sweet orange apéritif like Aperol instead. Your jam or preserves can have seeds in it or not – if it does, be sure to strain the drink through a fine wire mesh strainer before you serve it.
Blackberry jam is specified, of course, but it’s quite lovely with other berry jams as well.
- ¾ part Bitter orange apéritif or Sweet orange apéritif
- ¾ part Grapefruit juice
- 1 tsp Blackberry Berry jam
- 3 parts Sparkling white wine or Sparkling rosé wine
Fill a wineglass with ice and let it chill. Meanwhile, add everything (except the sparkling wine) to a shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously to fully incorporate the jam. Strain into the chilled wine glass and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.
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- Blackberry Spritz from the James Beard Foundation