The Serviceberry is considered mostly as a landscape tree. We have one on our front yard and didn't consider eating the fruit when we moved here 10 years ago. It sure seemed popular with the robins. At the urging of my then 11 year old son, we did some research and figured out that yes, we could eat them too. Each year after that when there has been more fruit than the robins could eat, we have enjoyed them for ourselves. They taste like a blueberry and work in just about any berry recipe.
This year I decided to extend the harvest by making a syrup. It is great on pancakes and turned out to be a tasty base for this cocktail.
Gin Fizz with Serviceberry Syrup
by Inspired by the Seasons
For the syrup:
- 2 c serviceberries, blueberries would work here too
- 1 c sugar
- 1/2 c water
- 1 tsp lemon juice
Put all the ingredients in a small saucepan and cook on medium low heat. Stir until sugar dissolves and berries start to pop. Remove from heat.
Allow to cool for 5 minutes then pour over a fine mesh sieve that is over a heat proof bowl. Once it has been strained, transfer to a lidded glass container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3 months. Can be added to yogurt, ice cream, pancakes or waffles.
For the drink:
- 1 oz gin
- 1 T serviceberry syrup
- 2 tsp lime juice
- Sparking water
Combine the above in an 8 oz glass, fill with ice stir to combine and enjoy!