Expert mixologist, Pritesh Mody, is championing cider as the drink to add some sparkle to your celebrations with this merry berry fizz.

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Why not give your fizz a Scottish twist with Merrydown Cider? Blended using Champagne yeast, the refreshing fizziness replicates that of familiar sparkling wine and Prosecco, but its high juice content provides delicious layers of flavours to cocktails and Bellini's that prosecco cannot achieve – Champagne taste for cider money!

Ingredients

  • 50ML Creme de Mure liqueur (or make your own)
  • 125ML Merrydown dry cider
  • Lemon twist
  • LIQUEUR RECIPE
  • 700G Blackberries
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 700ml vodka
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 700G Sugar

Method

For the syrup

Put the blackberries and lemon zest into a pan and add just enough water to cover.

Bring to the boil and simmer until the berries are soft.

Mash thoroughly and strain, ideally through a muslin cloth.

Pour this juice back into the pan and add the lemon juice and sugar.

Bring to the boil until the sugar is dissolved and the liquid has reduced by about 25%.

Switch off the heat, stir in the vodka and cover until cooled.

Pour into sterilised bottles and keep in the fridge. Use within 8 weeks.

For the Merry Berry fizz

Add the liqueur into a champagne flute then top with the cider.

Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Merry berry fizz

Picture: Merrydown cider

About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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About The Author

Rosalind Erskine

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.