Blackberry & Sage Spritzers

From the kitchn, with the last few steps re-ordered.
Makes 10

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of honey
1/2 cup of water
3 to 4 fresh sage leaves
1 pound fresh blackberries
Ice
Sparkling water
Extra blackberries and sage leaves for garnish (optional)
Also optional: vodka or gin
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Steps:

  1. Combine honey and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir together as it heats up. Once it reaches the point just before boiling, shut off the burner and remove the mixture from the heat.
  2. Add the sage leaves and blackberries to the hot honey mixture and stir. Allow the berries to macerate in the honey syrup until the mixture has cooled significantly and the berries have broken down a bit.
  3. Pour blackberries and syrup into a blender. Blend entire mixture on high until it is well combined and looks uniform in color and texture. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove the blackberry seeds. This makes about 2 cups of smooth, thick syrup.
    To make the spritzers..

  1. Fill a cup with ice and sparkling water, leaving room for about 2 tablespoons (or a quarter cup) of syrup. Add some of the blackberry and sage syrup. Use two tablespoons for a mild spritzer, or a quarter cup for a sweeter one. Mess with the ratio to taste.
  2. Stir, and garnish with extra blackberries and a bit of sage.
  3. Optional: add a shot of vodka or gin for a cocktail.

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Novelty Rating: 4 of 5
a great minimal-heat-generating option for some re-hydration.
Likelihood of Repeat: 65%
Lesson Learned: I rearranged when to add the syrup, as the original directions had them go in the glass first, and they still left a lot of sweet sweet syrup at the bottom after stirring. This seems like a nice way to make fresh blackberries last a little longer in your fridge. Mmmm.

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