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Cool drink is 'berry' refined, but not for kids


May 11, 2005 - Having recently begun drinking less than your average college binge drinker, I have developed more refined tastes.

My wife and I occasionally enjoy a bottle of wine with our evening meal, or I concoct something like this Berry Cool, which she finds more tasteful and interesting than my old standby — the 12-pack of beer.

But learning to mix drinks is not as easy as it seems. It's like learning to cook all over again. When I cook I use fresh ingredients, so mistakes and misfires usually end up being eaten, despite thinking it didn't turn out the way imagined.

But with drinks, I don't usually drink my mistakes. These drinks have been pain-stakingly taste tested.

While developing the drinks, I found my-self drinking the juices I was using while waiting for the drink to be ready. I thought about making them without alcohol to make them kid friendly and that worked just fine. But, why go to all the trouble of mixing the stuff just because it tastes good? It just don't mean a thing if it ain't got that zing.

Berry Cool

10-ounce package frozen

raspberries in syrup, thawed

10-ounce package frozen

strawberries, thawed

Juice of three limes

3 cups black cherry juice

2 cups vodka

2 cups sparkling water

3 cups ice cubes

Puree until smooth the thawed raspberries, strawberries and lemon juice in a food processor. Strain into a pitcher, discard solids. Add cherry juice and vodka. Stir well.You can chill the mixture for up to six hours at this point.

When you're thirsty stir in the sparkling water and ice cubes. Pour into cocktail glasses and garnish with fresh mint.

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