Girl Stuff [Blackberry-Sumac Gin Fizz]

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One of my dearest girlfriends recently found herself in the difficult position of having to call off a wedding. Yea, she stamped that guy out.

I was the provisor of information that led to her decision. Before I found myself sitting down with her for real talk in my living room on a Wednesday night, it had seemed like this was the type of thing reserved for reality television. Or at least for people who live faster than I do. Not so. There are real people — people in my life — who walk around with these experiences under their belts.

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Friendships break or grow under pressure. There is always the possibility of being neatly snipped out of the picture, especially when to matters of the heart. I am so thankful to still be able to have the candid conversations and hearty laughs of seasoned friendship.

Here’s to you, K.

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Blackberry-Sumac Gin Fizz
*adapted from Bon Appetit

1/4 cup blackberries
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup water
1 heaping tablespoon of ground sumac berries
1/2 cup gin
club soda
mint leaves, rubbed
salt, to taste
ice cubes

Place water and sugar in a small saucepan. Dissolve sugar in water over medium heat. Stir in the sumac. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain the sumac syrup through a fine mesh sieve.

Add strained syrup and blackberries to a blender. Blend on high speed until mixture is finely pureed. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Add gin, salt and rubbed mint leaves to the mixture. Divide evenly between two tall glasses. Add ice to glasses. Top off with club soda.

Makes 2 drinks.

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