Parties are popping up everywhere this month, with graduations and weddings and anniversary celebrations happening. And to celebrate with a glass of punch is certainly appropriate and desirable in this case, thanks to the berries. I’ve rarely met a punch I don’t like, and though I’ll drink it in any colour, I prefer to tint mine with mostly natural ingredients.
If you are not acquainted with Saskatoon berries, I describe them as a blend of cherry, blueberry, and cranberry flavours and textures. While some Canadians have a strong preference for blueberries, I am enchanted with Saskatoon berries. I tasted them for the first time a few years ago and am delighted to have them in our area now. With the cool spring this year, I am hoping to still be able pick local Saskatoon berries in July after we return from our travels.
Last year’s berry picking was a highlight of the summer; we also attended the Saskatoon berry festival, complete with gourmet pies. Those pies weren’t quite as good as the best Saskatoon pie ever, which was made by a friend from church and brought to a potluck dinner. The nice thing about this punch is that it’s easier than pie, and twice as refreshing. Still, I’d gladly take another slice of that homemade Saskatoon berry pie and wash it down with this Saskatoon berry punch.
Sparkling Saskatoon Berry Punch
- Saskatoon berry juice (or other berry juice, such as blueberry pomegranate), chilled
- Ginger ale, chilled (I prefer Canada Dry)
- Saskatoon berries or blueberries, fresh or frozen
1. Combine berry juice and ginger ale in a 1:1 ratio.
2. Add berries and serve cold.