Berry Salad

Insalata di Bosco


Grappa is made by distilling the grape skins that are discarded after the initial fermentation process in wine making. It is a potent beverage that, when well made, evokes the fragrances of the grapes. Italians drink it straight after a meal, mix a little with their espresso, sometimes use it in cooking, and also steep cherries in it. Fruit with grappa is a wonderful combination with a distinctively Italian flavor. Berries are used here, but almost any fresh, ripe fruit can be substituted.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Total time from start to finish: hours


  • 2 pints assorted berries, such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and golden raspberries
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons grappa


  1. Place the berries in a large serving bowl. Add the sugar. Grate the zest from the lemon and juice half the lemon. Add the zest and juice to the bowl along with the orange juice and grappa. Stir gently, being careful not to damage the berries. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 24 hours. Stir once again and serve chilled.