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  • 175g Blackberries
  • 50g + 1tsp Caster sugar
  • 6tbsp Brandy
  • 1 bottle of champagne or sparkling wine chilled


  • STEP 1

    Reserve 6 of the blackberries and put to one side for decoration.

  • STEP 2

    Place the remaining blackberries with 50g caster sugar in a saucepan.

  • STEP 3

    Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved then simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until the sauce has thickened slightly and is syrupy.

  • STEP 4

    Sieve the blackberry syrup over a bowl, gently pressing with the back of a spoon.

  • STEP 5

    Discard the fruit pulp. Chill the syrup.

  • STEP 6

    Place a little of the syrup on a saucer and the remaining caster sugar on another saucer. Dip the rim of each of 6 champagne glasses first in the blackberry syrup, then in the caster sugar.

  • STEP 7

    Blend the brandy with the remaining blackberry syrup and pour a couple of tablespoons of this into 6 Champagne flutes.

  • STEP 8

    Top with your choice of chilled Champagne or sparkling wine.

  • STEP 9

    Skewer a blackberry with a cocktail stick and place on top of each glass.

  • STEP 10

    Serve immediately.