Mors, Russian Berry Cocktail

Mors is a refreshing drink made of berries. Though cranberries are the most traditional choice, any berry in season can be used, and commercial brands in Russia and Ukraine offer anything from blackcurrant to raspberry. This version, made with red currants and blueberries, was inspired by the selection at the Union Square Greenmarket this morning — I avoid mixing more than 2 flavors, or it becomes hard to distinguish them in the final beverage.

Mors can be consumed by itself or in cocktails. More often than not, the cocktail is simply a shot of vodka on the side.

Red currant and blueberry mors
Yields about 3 glasses

5 oz red currant
5 oz blueberry
15 oz water
3 oz sugar (more or less, depending on your taste and the acidity of the berries)
1 tbsp lemon juice

  • Place the berries and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Pass the liquid through a chinois and return to the saucepan. Add the sugar and lemon juice, then bring to a simmer, stirring constantly, and remove from the heat. Pass through a chinois again, let cool and refrigerate.
  • Serve with ice.