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Cranberry-Blackberry Spritzer

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  • 2 limes
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) coarse sugar
  • 12 fresh blackberries
  • 4 fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) Allen’s cranberry cocktail
  • 2 cups (500 mL) crushed ice
  • 1 cup sparkling water


  1. Grate zest from one lime; toss with sugar and spread in thin layer on small plate. Set aside. Cut remaining lime into wedges; reserve 2 wedges for garnish.

  2. Place remaining lime wedges, six blackberries and mint leaves in cocktail shaker. Using a muddler or wooden spoon, press mixture firmly to release natural juices.

  3. Pour Allen’s cranberry cocktail into shaker; top shaker with lid and shake well for 45 seconds.

  4. Run lime wedge around rim of 2 tall glasses. Rim each glass in reserved lime-sugar mixture. Divide ice evenly between glasses. Strain juice mixture over ice; top with sparkling water. Thread remaining blackberries onto two cocktail picks.

  5. Garnish spritzers with blackberries and lime wedges.

  6. Tip: Make these spritzers for adults by adding 2 oz gin and 1 oz triple sec to the cocktail shaker along with the juice if desired.