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!


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

  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.



Photo Credit: The Denizen Co.