I’ve taken the word “blackberry” to a whole ‘nother level. And I’m not talking about the one buzzing in your pocket. Here’s a nice, cool drink that’ll bring out the bad gal in you after a few sips.
My concoction of the week is a healthy, elegant frozen cocktail made with Verdi Spumante, a sparkling beverage light and fruity enough to serve at a morning or afternoon party, any time of year. Don’t let the name Blackberry Bad Girl fool you; blackberries are full of antioxidants that may help prevent cancer and reduce intestinal inflammation. Mangoes are full of vitamins A, C and E as well as other nutrients and amino acids. Raw honey (it has to be pure and unpasteurized) has been known for centuries as a natural antibacterial agent. This is actually a PRO-health cocktail.
Could you use champagne or prosecco instead of Verdi Spumante? Sure. Make it your own; embellish it with your special touches. You could even keep it G-rated and leave out the booze.
To make the Blackberry Bad Girl, blend the following:
8 oz. chilled Verdi Spumante
1 ripe mango (diced)
2 tbsp. raw honey
1/2 cup frozen blackberries
a few handfuls of ice
Pour into champagne flutes and garnish each with a sprig of fresh mint.
Now, stop texting and Twittering. Put down that BlackBerry and make this drink!