Blackberry Spritzers and a Mojito

~ Blackberry, Lime and Mint Spritzers~

It’s summertime and the living is easy. And what better way to enjoy the sultry season than with a refreshing, thirst-quenching drink? During this window of time when blackberries are prolific, I like to make a syrup which I add to drinks and use for desserts.  Depending on the mood or time of day, I’ll stir a few spoonfuls of the vibrant, tangy syrup into icy glasses of Prosecco or sparkling water. If we’re feeling extra festive, I’ll muddle a jigger-full with mint, lime and rum and call it a mojito. It’s all good. Just be sure to make extra to freeze as ice cubes to pop in drinks or thaw later in the year for a sip of summer.

Blackberry Syrup
Makes about 1 cup

12 ounces blackberries
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until blackberries soften and release their juices, about 10 minutes. Cool. Purée in a food processor, then strain through a fine-meshed sieve. Discard the seeds.

Blackberry Spritzers
Makes 1 

Ice cubes
1 part blackberry syrup
2 parts sparkling water, white wine or Proscecco
Lime wedge and mint leaves for garnish

Fill a wine or cocktail glass with ice. Add syrup and sparkling water. Stir. Garnish with lime and mint.

Blackberry Mojito
Makes 1 

1/2 lime, cut in 4 wedges
2 sprigs mint, plus extra leaves for garnish
2 tablespoons (1 ounce) blackberry syrup
Crushed ice
1.5 ounces white rum
Sparkling water
1-2 blackberries for garnish

Muddle 2 lime wedges, mint sprigs and syrup together in a sturdy highball glass. Fill the glass with crushed ice. Pour rum over ice. Top with sparkling water to taste. Garnish with whole blackberries, remaining lime wedges and mint.

21 thoughts on “Blackberry Spritzers and a Mojito

  1. Oh my! Blackberries are my favorite berry, I could eat a huge bowl of them. I can’t wait to try this mixed w some Prosecco! Thanks so much for giving me the idea for a perfect summer drink.

  2. What a perfect summer drink! Simple and delicious. Since it’s Friday and I’m almost off work, I’d say it’s just fine if I go whip one of these up for myself. 🙂

  3. I love this! Not sure I could drink it without prosecco or some kind of sparkling adult beverage. 🙂 And that photo is gorgeous.

  4. That photo makes me want to crawl through ,my screen and guzzle one (or both) of those down….YUM, so refreshing. – S

  5. hi. i mixed homemade blackberry syrup with vodka and it set to a jelly in the glass. Have you any idea what caused this. I thought I was seeing things!

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