When Ramsey approached me with a styling project, I was slightly intimidated. Okay, fine – I was terrified. My panicked brain scrambled through a list of stylists that I admired – Beth Kirby and Lidewij Edelkoort for starters – but I couldn’t identify what it was about their textiles or lighting techniques that I was particularly fond of, let alone reproduce it. Frankly, they were just pretty pictures that made me feel all kinds of warm and fuzzy. Oh, and they certainly made Pinterest a lot more Pinteresting –

So we worked out a deal: I would whip up a simple recipe and send her test shots that would constitute as “early concepts” before I became a regular contributor for her up-and-coming food blog. Being the seasoned chef that I am, I came up with, er, a beverage. A Blackberry Mint Soda to be exact. I wanted to share this recipe with you all before summer gives way to fall and cold beverages fall to the wayside of hot cocoa and cozy knit sweaters. Enjoy!

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Blackberry Mint Soda

 
What You’ll Need:
 
2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup honey
1 cup water
1/4 cup mint leaves
6 cups sparkling soda water
 
Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium saucepan and cook on medium heat until berries begin to burst.
  2. Strain liquid through a fine mesh sieve.
  3. Place 1 tablespoon of syrup in the bottom of each glass and fill with sparkling soda water, stir and serve.

 

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Photo Credit: The Denizen Co.