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Gin and Maple Macerated Berries

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 30 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1/2 cup)

In this fruit salad, sugar, lime, and gin soften and preserve berries while extracting their natural juices to become a syrupy sauce.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound mixed berries (such as strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries)
  • 2 tablespoons gin
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 120
  • fat 0.5 g
  • satfat 0.0 g
  • monofat 0.1 g
  • polyfat 0.3 g
  • protein 1 g
  • carbohydrate 26 g
  • fiber 4 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 3 mg
  • calcium 33 mg

How to Make It

  1. Hull and slice strawberries, if using; place in a medium bowl.

  2. Slicing bigger berries speeds up ­maceration--liquids will release faster.

  3. Add remaining ingredients, stirring gently to combine. Let stand for 20 minutes or until mixture is syrupy, gently stirring occasionally. Sugar, lime, and gin soften and preserve the berries while extracting their natural juices to become a syrupy sauce.

  4. If desired, refrigerate and continue to macerate for up to 4 hours. Delicate raspberries and strawberries can oversoften, so macerate them only a few hours. Thick-skinned berries like blueberries can go overnight.