Gin and Maple Macerated Berries


Gin and Maple Macerated Berries
In this fruit salad, sugar, lime, and gin soften and preserve berries while extracting their natural juices to become a syrupy sauce.
Serves: 4½ cup servings
  • 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
  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 over soften, so macerate them only a few hours. Thick-skinned berries like blueberries can go overnight.
**Turbinado Sugar is a minimally processed sugar that is light brown in color. This sugar retains much of the natural molasses found in sugarcane juice. Can be substituted with light brown sugar, raw sugar, and Demerara sugar.
**Maceration is softening or breaking into pieces using a liquid. Raw, dried or reserved fruit or vegetables are soaked in a liquid to soften the food and/or absorb the flavor of the liquid into the food. In the case of fresh fruit, particularly soft fruit such as strawberries and raspberries, they are often just sprinkled with sugar, (and sometimes a little salt) then left to sit and release their own juices. This process makes the food more flavorful and easier to chew and digest.

This salad is also good using only one type of berry.

Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing


Fruit Salad with Honey-Lime Dressing
Easy to make and delicious to boot
  • 1 pt. container strawberries
  • 1 pt. container blueberries
  • 1 bunch (about 1 ½ lbs.) seedless grapes (green, red or a mixture of both)
  • ¼ cup honey
  • juice from 2 limes (about 2-3 tablespoons
  1. Rinse strawberries, blueberries and grapes.
  2. Gently pat dry the fruit. Hull strawberries, then cut each in half; if large, cut into quarters.
  3. Remove stems from blueberries, if any.
  4. Remove grapes from stems.
  5. Gently combine all three in a large bowl or aluminum tray. Set aside.
  6. In a small bowl, whisk together honey and lime juice. Pour over fruit.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Use any fruit you have on hand (think melons, bananas, canned or fresh pineapple, Canned mandarin oranges, etc.). Top with toasted pine or almonds for crunch©2012 Website by