If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I was in Berlin a couple of weeks ago with some girlfriends. It was a total girlie weekend trip with loads of shopping, sightseeing and clubbing, all things for which Berlin has quite a reputation.
Interestingly, the smell of elderflowers was everywhere in the city center where our hotel was located. Before leaving home, I had just finished bottling my annual batch of elderflower cordial (you can find the recipe here), so it was quite funny to be confronted by that fragrance again.
I burnt quite a sizeable hole in my pocket shopping for dresses and shoes for the munchkin and me. The husband is too picky, so I had a good excuse to not shop for him 😛
Berlin is such a city of contrasts: so many modern thrills to enjoy, yet so much sordid history to contemplate. The Berlin Wall has been replaced by the fashionable Mall of Berlin: literally, the mall stands where the wall’s infamous ‘death-strip’ used to be.
Another interesting highlight was Checkpoint Charlie. After all the Cold War espionage novels I was crazy about in college, it was really thrilling to be there! Spies and stand-offs, mystery and intrigue 😀
We also visited the Topography of Terror, a museum set on the site of the former offices of the Gestapo and the SS, detailing the rise and fall of the Third Reich and its concentration camps. It documents humanity at its very worst and yet, it doesn’t seem very far from the events taking place in other parts of the world today. We aren’t very good at learning from our mistakes…
Besides all the history lessons, we also took time to enjoy ourselves. We were in Berlin after all and the nightlife is not to be missed. One night, we had our dinner with a couple of bottles of prosecco and then went on to one of the hip nightclubs to dance (and drink) the night away.
Though I woke up with a bit of a hangover the next morning, it was a lot of fun and something I need to do once in a while 😀 This lovely drink is my attempt to capture the high spirits we enjoyed in Berlin.
It is such a perfect drink for the summer: refreshing Prosecco and muddled Blackberries mixed with a splash of Elderflower cordial. Crisp, cold, beautiful… perfect to enjoy on the patio, basking in the sun on a warm evening.
I am currently on vacation and the weather is certainly better. Can’t say it is hot, but we were at the beach today and the munchkin loved splashing in the water, though it was too cold for me. How are you enjoying summer? Would love to hear from you
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- 1 tablespoon Elderflower Cordial
- 2 Blackberries
- Prosecco, chilled
- Add a couple of blackberries to a champagne flute. Muddle them slightly with a muddler or a fork.
- Add the elderflower cordial. Top with prosecco and give it a stir.
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