Blackberry Spritz

Blackberry Spritz cocktail with Campari, grapefruit juice, blackberry jam, and sparkling wine

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 Aperol. 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.

Ingredients

Instructions

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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