This is a lovely one-serving slow-sipping aperitif for Holiday dinners and special times with family. You can make this days and days ahead!
Prep.Time: 1 hour
3 quarts fresh or frozen Blackberries
4 cups Water
3 cups Sugar
1 tablespoon Whole Cloves
1/2 teaspoon Allspice
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
Creme de Cassis
Soda water
Pieces of Lemon, with pulp (about 1")
MAKE AHEAD: In a large kettle, crush berries; add water and bring to boil. Lower heat; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain mixture through a jelly bag or regular strainger, reserving juice and discarding pulp. Add water to juice to equal 2 cups, if needed; pour into the kettle. Slowly stir in sugar, allspice and cinnamon, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes. Pour concentrate into sterilized pint jars, leaving 1/4" head-space; adjust caps. Process 15 minutes in a boiling-water bath.
PREPARE DRINKS: To serve 4 drinks, place 1 cup crushed ice into a cocktail shaker or large pitcher; add 8 ounces Creme de Cassis, 1 cup concentrate and 4 cups soda water. Shake or stir well. Pour into 4 large wine goblets and crunch lemon pieces on edges of glasses.

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