Mother’s Day is one of those holidays that sneaks up on me. Every year I start to see cards and commercials for Mother’s Day gifts and I think I’ve got plenty of time to think about what to do for my mom. Then all of a sudden, it’s the day of and I am stuck with one of those weird cards that don’t really say how you feel, but it was the best one left at Walgreens.
Not this year though, I’ve planned ahead. My mom will be proud hehe
I know everyone says this, but my mom is awesome. Simply the BEST. Here we are at my wedding. She looks so beautiful!
Growing up my mom was pretty cool. When I was 17 she let me get in a car with 4 friends and drive to the Grand Canyon for a 3 day trip. When I was about 14 I decided I was going to be a vegetarian, she put up with my pickiness and made sure I always had something to eat – although she would occasionally try to sneak meat into my food. I was always allowed to have sleepovers with multiple friends – we could play our music loud (hello Spice Girls) and stay up late watching movies. I couldn’t ask for a better mom – she rocks!
I think my mom has gotten her share of coffee mugs for Mother’s Day – I remember riding my bike to the Osco drugstore down the street and picking one out for her on more than one occasion. Now that I know my way around a kitchen, I like to treat her to some homemade goodies.
Enter these Blackberry Wine Coolers. My mom loves blackberries so naturally that was the right direction to go.
Unfortunately wine coolers have a rap for being cheap and let’s face it – unclassy. Have you ever had a homemade wine cooler? They are anything but.
These are fresh and elegant – they taste heavenly. Fresh blackberry juice and sweet wine make a drink that’s nothing like the bottled stuff you find in stores these days.
On Drink & Dish I show you how to make these wine coolers – and Ari shows you how to make some Blueberry Pancakes. She’s got some good tricks to pancake making in the video and you can find the full recipe on her blog.
Ari and I also discovered that these wine coolers taste pretty good with a few cubes of ice in them too. It makes them extra cold and delicious – but if you’re on the “you should never put ice in your wine” wagon, you can totally skip it.
- 2 cups of blackberries, plus extra for serving
- 3 oz Chambord
- 1 (750 ml) bottle sweet white wine, such as Riesling, chilled
- In a food processor or blender puree blackberries until smooth. Using a fine mesh strainer, remove seeds from puree and discard seeds and any remaining pulp. You should have about ¾ cup of blackberry puree.
- Pour blackberry puree mixture into a large pitcher, stir in Chambord and wine. Chill mixture for 6 hours or until cold.
- If desired, serve with ice and garnish glasses with blackberries.