rose has its thorn. And the best of the berries do too.
The bramble family includes
red and black raspberries, blackberries and even wild
thimbleberries, all of which entice bramble lovers with their
colorful fruit even as their prickly canes scratch even the most
expert berry gatherer. Late June brings ample opportunity to harvest
the berries in your own backyard or pick-your-own patches, or find
them at farmers markets and roadside stands. Can’t wait to bring
home your brambles? Then amble to one of these local spots to taste
them at your leisure.
Fresh Berry Fool
as a cloud and as lovely as the first days of
summer, a classic fool combines the unadulterated
goodness of fresh berries and cream. We dare you to
say no to this sweet and simple dream of a dessert.
cups fresh raspberries or blackberries
cups whipping cream
tablespoons confectioner’s sugar
teaspoon vanilla extract
Combine fresh berries and sugar in a blender or food
processor; pulse to combine.
Place whipping cream, confectioner’s sugar and
vanilla extract in a large bowl. Whip with an
electric mixer or by hand until stiff peaks form.
Drizzle berry puree into cream, fold gently with a
rubber spatula to combine, just until swirled. Do
not over mix. Top with additional puree and fresh
berries and serve the fools in crystal dishes, Mason
jars or parfait glasses, depending on your occasion
... Or buy it!
Eat, drink and be berry with
these bramble-lovers’ delights
created by regional retailers.
New Glarus Raspberry Tart
Yes, it’s a
little further down the road, but New Glarus Brewing
Company — best known for their Spotted Cow cream ale —
wows fruit lovers with their Raspberry Tart, a classic
framboise beer. Known for its “voluminous raspberry
bouquet” that wafts noseward before you even take a sip,
the garnet-colored brew is beautiful served in a tall,
clear glass. Available at Whole Foods, Pick ’n
Save/Metro Market, Sendik’s, Fresh Thyme, Ray’s Liquor
Wauwatosa and other local retailers.
The Third Ward’s Sweet Diner offers
all-day brunch and several luscious ways to get your
bramble on, whether it’s a stack of their perfect
pancakes served with berry syrup and topped with
fresh berries; their gorgeous yogurt parfait layered
with fruit; or their chicken, berry and candied
walnut salad. The modern, bright and airy decor at
Sweet Diner makes for all the more room to stretch
out and enjoy as much brunch-liciousness as
bit more bang with your bramble, order the Sweet
Diner mimosa, made with prosecco, raspberry liqueur
and a splash of fresh o.j.
239 E. Chicago St.
Take an early summer day
trip to charming downtown Port Washington and stop at
Twisted Willow, a farm-to-table restaurant just a block
from Lake Michigan that offers everything from
tapas-style plates to steak dinners. Their raspberry
lavender martini is fruity with a refreshing lime pucker
— and pretty as a picture too. A house-made simple syrup
made from fresh raspberries, turbinado sugar and dried
French lavender is combined with lime juice and
Milwaukee’s Rehorst Citrus & Honey vodka, then shaken,
strained and served in a vintage martini glass with a
lime garnish. Enjoy one at their friendly bar on the
first floor, or take the stairs to the third-floor Tree
House Lounge to enjoy lunch or dinner with an amazing
308 N. Franklin St., Port Washington
raspberry juice, Wisconsin honey and other natural
flavors, and expertly brewed in a gas-fired kettle,
Sprecher’s not too sweet, not too tart seasonal treat is
summertime in a glass. Available at the Sprecher Gift
Shop and retailers throughout the region.
Glendale Ave., Glendale
Kopp’s Frozen Custard is a local legend, and Red
Raspberry is one of their top ten all-time flavors — for
good reason. Creamy raspberry custard is hand mixed with
loads of luscious berries and served up fresh.