Blackberry Sparklers & Bernardin GIVEAWAY

Disclosure: Bernardin provided me with product for review and for giveaway at no cost to myself.
 
There's that moment of cold sweats when a company you love comes out with something new. I've got to have it. Excitement quickly mixes with trepidation. Please don't change too much. You're committed to this brand, you follow them on social media, and you don't want what you love best about them to get watered down into something... less. Please don't sell out to the trends. In the case of Berdardin's new mason jar drink accessories, however, we're talking about a literal watering down, with fresh fruit, fun straws, sippy lids and an adorable infuser. Phew. This is good change.
 
I mean, it just makes sense for Bernardin to come out with these things. We're all drinking out of our mason jars anyway. At home, in bars, restaurants, we're seeing a renewed love affair with this classic jar as a drinking glass. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's nostalgia. Maybe it's a fondness for simplicity. Or maybe it's just appreciating mason jars for what they are: sturdy and useful.
 
Bernardin recently sent me a package of drinks accessories, and since it's the perfect time of year for blackberries around here I created this very simple recipe for blackberry sparklers to enjoy in my new mugs. Get the recipe below. If you simply want to enjoy fresh fruit in your drinking water, the infuser is a fun way to do that. You can fill it with fresh ingredients like blackberries, raspberries and strawberries then immerse it into a water-filled wide mouth mason jar with the nifty green lid.
 
Now, here's your chance to WIN your very own set of Bernardin mason jar accessories! Leave a comment on this blog post, including your email address, to be entered to WIN:
 
4 Mason Jar Mugs
1 set of Sip & Straw Lids
1 Mason Jar Infuser
 
The draw will be made on Monday, August 11th, 2014 at 6 p.m. Pacific/9 p.m. Eastern. Good luck, everyone!
 

Blackberry Sparklers
Makes 6-8 mason jar drinks

1 cup (250 mL) fresh blackberries
1 cup (250 mL) water
1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
ice cubes (optional)
lemon slices (optional)
sparkling water for mixing

In a small saucepan, combine the blackberries, water and sugar and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking at a low boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and pour through a fine mesh sieve into a heat-proof container, discarding the pulp. To mix, add a few ice cubes and a slice or two of lemon to each glass. Pour 1/4 cup (60 mL) of the blackberry syrup over the ice and top up with about 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) of sparkling water per glass. Store leftover syrup in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Want your own mason jar beverage accessories? Leave a comment to WIN the Bernardin giveaway! Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

29 comments:

  1. I LOVE the mugs, the accessories, the recipe (can't wait to try it with all the blackberries that are ripe for picking right now!) and your blog! I'd LOVE to win! xx Jen (jbluefrost@gmail.com, www.mysentimentaljamboree.blogspot.com)

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  2. I love blackberries and your multiple recipes! Here's to hoping I get to experiment with the mason mugs. Love your recipes (Amanda.seebeck@gmail.com)

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  3. Oooh! I'm excited to try out your recipe! I'm a huge fan of infusing ice cold water with fruit and mint in the summer time...and yes, out of a mason jar. So this giveaway is definitely right up my alley! :) I love that Bernardin has come out with an infuser for this purpose, definitely makes for an easier, no splashing in the face drinking experience! ;) Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  5. Thanks for hosting this giveaway! My son has gone from hating drinking out of jars to asking for them so this will make them even better! The recipe looks great with perfect timing as I just picked two buckets of berries this morning with the littles :) (onejonesgirl@hotmail.com)

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  6. These look really cool & interesting. Sign me up to win Amy!

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  7. LOVE this! Fresh fruit and herb infused water is my all time favorite summer time drink. Great give a way froma fantastic blog! bspaven@gmail.com

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  8. These look amazing! I'd so love to win this set. Soooo many possibilities...

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  9. Perfect timing as I just picked some beautiful blackberries today!! Can't wait to try the sparklers and the caning jar style has me inspired to start canning some of the fruit from my trees!, email is dragonfly.downs@yahoo.ca

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  10. I am hosting a baby shower on Friday evening, this sparkler recipe will be an awesome addition to the tea party baby shower. I also get to use the blackberries from my yard. jennm@moisan.ca

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  11. Yes, please enter me! I was picking blackberries yesterday and they were wonderful. caronsmithcounselling@gmail.com

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  12. Those look like so much fun! Thanks, Amy! sroutliffe@hotmail.com

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  13. Love the smell of blackberry bushes and probably my favorite berry. These look fantastic! theaftercraft@gmail.com

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  14. I love the infuser! I haven't seen one for a mason jar before. Gonyeajessica@Gmail.com

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  15. I keep eyeing those lid and straw sets everytime I pass the canning display... so tempting!
    nicole.entries [at] gmail [dot] com

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  16. Oh how fun! I love using mason jars to drink out of. Thanks for the opportunity!

    Seasidesmitten@aol.com

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  17. Lovely recipe and awesome giveaway! I love everything about mason jars! :) pjmarchese@gmail.com

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  18. Love mason jars! These are really too cute! Pleeeease pick me :) bluebird75@gmail.com

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  19. Totally cute mason jar accessories! Plus the recipe looks delicious!

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  20. This drink looks totally Victoria fabulous! And the mugs looks so cute - would love to win them! nadiaidan82@gmail.com

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  21. Those are some cute mugs! I have loads of blackberries in my kitchen, need to do something with them... tiffanymatthe@gmail.com

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  22. Ohhh! I need that infuser! Fabulous!

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  23. I'd love the infuser! Fingers crossed. Thanks, Amy! info@kericoles.com

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  24. Mmmmm. Blackberries. Eric and I picked a bucket in just 20 minutes! solesistermoira@gmail.com

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  25. Add me to the list of people who'd love to win this amazing giveaway! :) sugarandcandydesigns@gmail.com - wooo!!

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  26. I love mason jars! These look great! I would love to try the lids with the straws. Then I wouldn't have to worry about them in the livingroom as much. Thanks for the chance! msmissy02 at gmail dot com

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