Blackberries conjure up lots of summer memories for me. If I close my eyes, I can still remember all of the dusky hot evenings spent cleaning out the blackberry bushes on the side of my parents' property. We'd put most of them into a container to bring back to the house, but a couple would always make their way to our lips straight off the vine — still warm from the day and bursting with juices. This is what summer should taste like.
These blackberry and sage spritzers are my homage to those long summer days spent with juice-stained and thorn-pricked hands. The added sage makes them fragrant and a little more sophisticated. They're like my childhood memories, but all grown up.