Berries in London



It’s cocktail time! As I continue to grow the blog and experiment in the bar, I know that a hostess’s recipe box needs some cocktails to go with it. Such as here, here and here. And, did you see my Top Ten European Eats?! With cocktail hour everyday, I got the best inspiration for different and simple cocktails from my European vacay this year.  The inspiration for this little number comes from The Shed London (see #9).

As we prepared to order our pre-dinner drink at The Shed, our host instantly recommended the “Daily Loosner,” which is a daily drink with unknown ingredients.  We were up immediately interested in the mystery drink.  The cocktail was full-bodied with a splash of something dark-colored. We had no idea what it was, but it set the cocktail apart with an unexpected warming taste. The Jolly Hostess twist this week, takes a guess of that secret ingredient, adds some bubbly (because, what else?) and presents a fresh, fall cocktail.

*Kitchen cred: The Savvy Hostess


2 cups strawberries and blueberries, blended for a total of 4 ounces (if I plan on making this cocktail for a party, I blend a carton of stawberries and blueberries and set out.  Don’t put in the fridge, or it’ll turn into Jello, which I totally did.  If you didn’t read this, add a couple of tablespoons of water to thin it out.)

4 ounces vodka (works with gin too!)

2 ounce apple juice

1-2 drops balsamic

Topper of champagne

2 basil leafs, for topping




Blend fruit in blender.  Using a martini shaker, add strawberries, blueberries, vodka, and apple juice. Add ice and shake away.

Split mixture evenly between two glasses. Add drops of balsamic and splash of champagne.  Top with basil leaf and enjoy.



Interested in a quicker version of this cocktail?: See my Berries in London – the simple version.


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