A friend of ours got engaged this month.   To celebrate, we hosted an engagement happy hour.  I kept it simple with an easy menu of appetizers and desserts.  I found blackberries on sale last weekend and used them to make both a cocktail and a dessert and were delicious.

To make it easy, I premixed two cocktails before people arrived:  my summer sparkler, and blackberry lemonade.

Blackberry Lemonade

1 can frozen lemonade
1 cup blackberry vodka
1 bottle San Pellegrino (or other sparkling water)
handful of fresh blackberries

At this time of year, I love using fresh berries with cream and often make a mixed berry trifle with strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.  This time, I used only blackberries and the trifle was still delicious.  First, I cut a pound cake into squares of about the same size.  Next, I zested fresh ginger into a small pot and added blackberry vodka and cooked on low for a few minutes.   I used the ginger-vodka mixture to pour over the pound cake.  I created the layers by starting with pound cake on the bottom, then fresh whipped cream topped off with blackberries.   I just repeated the layers until I ran out of cake. I topped it with a few mint leaves from my herb garden.

Maybe you can give one of these a try for your next party or just for the weekend.  Enjoy!



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