It’s the 4th July, American Independence Day, so in today’s Happy Hour we’re saluting the land of the free (True Detective – how good? – Anthropologie and Refinery29…) with a special recipe from US ‘beverage guy’ Jeff Porter.

It’s not really a cocktail, per se, more a rustic mash up of ice, booze and berries that’s probably fairly close to what the first independent Americans were toasting on this very day way back in 1776.

You’ll need some Madeira wine, which, happily, is pretty easy to come by in my particular part of South London, ice-cold berries and a hefty scoop of freshly crushed ice. For the 2014 redux this is best constructed while listening to Bruce Springsteen, loud. Preferably on vinyl, or failing that, YouTube.


Crushed ice
110ml Madeira wine
1 tbsp brown sugar
Handful of blueberries and raspberries


Chill a sturdy tumbler or preserving jar in the freezer and half load with crushed ice, throwing in some berries at the bottom for decorate effect (optional). Soak a tablespoon of brown sugar in a measure of Madeira and stir to dissolve. Add to the glass and mix energetically. Top with more patriotic red and blue berries.

Born in the USA, baby!

Photography: Dee Ramadan
Styling: Margherita Poggiali & Bella Binns