Blackberry Sage Agua Fresca Sparkler ( Spiked with Elderflower Liquor and Linoncello)

July 19th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes  1 small mason jar of mix


¼  cup blackberry puree
¼ cup blackberry sage syrup*
½ cup lemon juice
¼  cup limoncello
¼ cup elderflower liquor
Sparkling RoseLemony Sage Sugar*
Sage Leaf


Place all the ingredients except sparking rose and sugar in a blender and blend until smooth.  Strain and chill.  Place ½ ounce of the puree in a champagne flute and fill with sparkling rose.  Garnish with a blackberry rolled in the Lemony Sage Sugar in the glass and a floating sage leaf.

*Blackberry Sage Syrup- combine ½ cup sugar. ½ cup water, 3 blackberries smashed, 4 sage leaves, ripped,1 teaspoon  lemon zest.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and chill.

*Lemony Sage Sugar- combine  1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, 2 teaspoons lemon zest and 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh sage and moisten with lemon bitters or lemon juice.  Mix well.

Healthy Junk Bark

December 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves about 6-8

This simple low calorie snack is perfect for kids and adults. Creativity is the key in this recipe, mixing and matching flavors to create an amazing chocolate experience!


16 ounces semi sweet of bittersweet dark chocolate, chopped or chips
Dried fruit of choice: cranberries, cherries, apricots, blueberries, chopped
Nuts of choice: almonds, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts roasted and chopped
Seeds of choice: pumpkin, sesame
Sea salt flakes


In a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Spoon the melted chocolate over a baking sheet with parchment paper or wax paper making sure it is about at least ¼ inch thing. Sprinkle your bark items thoroughly evenly. Sprinkle with salt. Let stand in a cool place for at least an hour, alternatively you can place in the refrigerator to harden faster. Break into pieces and enjoy!

Here are a few of our favorite junk bark combinations:

Almond and dried cherry
Peanuts, pumpkin seeds and dried cranberries
Pretzels and dried cherries
Almond and blueberry
Almonds, pumpkin seeds, cherries, walnuts and sesame seeds

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