T has been collecting blackberries in the lane at daycare, bringing home the odd couple of berries to have with his supper. So last Saturday, a very hot day, by our standards, we trooped off to our favorite blackberry hunting ground - a local walking trail along a former railway line - lined with blackberry thickets. So we mooched along the trail, picking high (D) and low (T) - but not too low. Apart from T dropping his nearly full bucket of berries while looking at an airplane, all went well. We even met an old Lab who loves blackberries and T followed him for a bit, trying to feed him berries from his bucket. Hot and sweaty and prickled, we came home with our haul - a large white tub full of berries.
I made a blackberry ice using this as inspiration.
1 1/2 c blackberry syrup/juice
3/4 c sugar
3/4 c water
1 c sparkling wine (I used pink champagne)