It is high time we introduced the world to the best fruit in the world to mix with: the chokeberry. A superfood of the first order, the chokeberry is high in vitamin C and antioxidants, beneficial in combating a wide range of maladies including cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, peptic ulcer, eye inflammation, and, most important to us at the FWL, liver failure. In addition, the chokeberry is rich in tannins which add a blast of late dryness to the palate (hence their names). Once in syrup, the chokeberry delivers a three tier punch of awesomeness- the taste is among the very best berry flavors you’ve had, the astringency of its touch conveys the after-effect of deep dryness, and the color is a glorious shade of dark red velvet.
Our pour is a Tonia favorite; oranges and peaches paired with a perfect late August half-ripe chokeberry syrup for added tannins.
Princess of Darkness
2 ounces blue curaçao
1 ounce peach schnapps
1 ounce chokeberry syrup
Splash key lime juice
Make chokeberry syrup in the same way we make peach syrup from our summery syrups post, subbing chokeberry for the peach. Combine the curacao, schnapps, chokeberry syrup and lime juice in a shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a cocktail glass (do not substitute glasses here). A large amount of bubbles will overtake the top of this drink which will resemble purple caviar.