Late Summer Fruits With Wines and Spirits

Late summer peaches, melons, and blackberries are each lovely to eat on their own, but paired with spirits they rise to a new level of indulgence, as described by Stacey Harwood in her article Late Summer Fruits With Wines and Spirits »

Bellini

Bellini
The traditional Bellini is made with white peach purée and sparkling wine, but the addition of peach brandy intensifies and sweetens the cocktail.Nicole Franzen
Melon au Porto

Melon au Porto

The simple pairing of cantaloupe and port could be found on the menu of any classic mid-century French restaurant. The best melon to use is the French Charentais, which is small and slightly acidic (though still sweet), but it's just as good with a musk or hand melon or cantaloupe.Nicole Franzen
Blackberry Rum Shrub

Blackberry Rum Shrub

Shrub, the sweet-tart syrup favored by colonial Americans, is simply made by macerating fruit in sugar until the fruit exudes its juice, straining, then adding vinegar. Mixed with rum and soda it makes a bracing drink ideal for summer afternoons.Nicole Franzen