The Buckthorn Bruise

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Earlier today at our little Cocktail Summit, we played with seaberries (aka sea berries or sea-buckthorn). If you haven’t tried seaberries before, they’re a small, soft fruit full of a milky, citrusy, tart juice – slightly astringent and very rich. They’re unlike anything I had ever tried.

Sea Berries, or "Seaberries", AKA buckthorn berries

I had been messing around with some wine syrups this week, and luckily had remembered to bring along a bottle of Verdejo syrup. To make Verdejo syrup, just boil down a bottle of Verdejo wine until reduced by half (should equal 12 ounces). Add a cup and a half of sugar and stir until clear. Let cool and bottle.

Now, on to the drink. Seaberries are also known as buckthorn, hence the name of the drink.

The Buckthorn Bruise Print Me

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 20 fresh seaberries
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz Verdejo syrup
  • 2 dashes Regan's orange bitters
  1. Muddle seaberries in a mixing glass until all their liquid is released.
  2. Add rum, lemon juice, Verdejo syrup and orange bitters and shake well over cracked ice.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

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5 Replies to “The Buckthorn Bruise”

  • Jeffrey says:

    Thanks for the report from the other side of the globe, Krissi.

    I’ll have to see if I can find some jars of Sandthorn jam when I’m in Germany next summer!

  • Krissi says:

    Hi Eugene,
    this berries are growing here in my region(Northern Germany / Europe)very often. The plant doesn´t need good grounds but a lot of sun. It can live with salty ground and air. We call it Sanddorn which means “Sandthorn”. Here you can get it as juice, liquor, wine, jam, in cosmetics ect…
    The berries are very rich in vitamine c and are very healthy.
    The taste of the fresh fruits is sour and bitter with an unique flavour. As a child I hate it, but minewhile (I am a bit older) it tastes delicious for me.

    Regards from Berlin

  • Jeffrey says:

    Molly – glad I could help! Sorry we missed you.

    Erik – neither had I, but it’s worth a look!

  • Huh, I’ve never seen or heard of that fruit before.

    Sounds interesting!

  • Molly says:

    The seaberry mimosa was ALMOST as good.

    OK, no, not quite. But … yum.

    Sorry we missed you. We did appreciate the fruits of your labors, though!

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