I had never even heard of a marionberry until I moved to Portland. Now, these native to Oregon berries are just one of the many reasons I’m in love with this place. One of the other reasons I love Portland is that we like our beverages here! Mixing the two just seemed natural.
When then fine people from “Eat your Oregon Berries!” contact me and asked me if I’d like to develop a recipe with berries grown right here in the area I knew immediately that I wanted to make a cocktail. One bag of the Columbia Fruit Marionberry Blackberries was way too much for just one recipe… so, I made a couple and will be sharing them over the next few weeks!
Marionberry Cocktail Syrup:
To make this cocktail you’ll first need to make a syrup with the berries. You can choose to strain the seeds from the syrup or you can choose to leave them in like I did. This recipe will make approximately 8 oz of syrup.
- 2 cups frozen marionberries
- Fresh squeezed lemon juice of two lemons (approximately 3 oz)
- 1 cup of refined sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- Combine the water and frozen marionberries in a saucepan over low to medium heat. Cover with a lid and let simmer down. Stir occasionally. The berries will break down and the juice will be watery and red.
- Once the berries are broken down, mix in the cup of sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved completely.
- Pour into a container, set in fridge and let cool.
- After cool mix in the lemon juice. The syrup should be slightly thickened, but not quite the consistency of a maple syrup.
- Make a cocktail with the syrup or pour over ice and top with soda water for a refreshing marionberry soda!
Marionberry Champagne Cocktail Syrup:
I love champagne cocktails for all kinds of occasions. A little sugar, a little citrus, and a lot of champagne and I am a happy camper. A traditional champagne cocktail will have a sugar cube and some bitters. This cocktail is a variation on that using the syrup in place of the sugar and the lemon in place of the bitters.
- 1 oz marionberry cocktail syrup
- 4 oz sparkling wine
- garnish with marionberry and a slice of lemon
- Combine ingredients in a champagne glass, garnish and enjoy!
Ingredients for this post were paid for by the great people at Oregon Berries with a gift card to our local New Season’s Market. I found the Columbia Fruit Marionberry in their freezer section. Thank you for supporting the companies that help me bring fresh and tasty new content to the blog!