The warmer months are upon us and when that time hits, I’m always craving cool, bubbly drinks to enjoy on the patio. Sometimes, I want a simple fizzy water, but other times, I want something more decadent.
Two summers ago a neighbor gave me a mint plant. I had never had a mint plant before, but hers smelled amazing and she had an extra one, so she gave it to me. I loved having fresh mint that summer to drink in my water! It was so refreshing and it made water seem like a treat.
This recipe came from my enjoyment of sparkling water, fresh mint, and seasonal berries. You can choose whichever berry you prefer- blueberry, blackberry, strawberry. For today, I’m going to go with blackberries since our store had some beautiful blackberries in stock.
Step one is to make a simple syrup. This is the base and creates the sweetness that one would expect in a spritzer. This is not necessary and I have made this before without the simple syrup, but it does add a sweet touch.
Once that is done, add your berries and mint to the simple syrup and crush the berries just a touch to release their juice into the simple syrup. The last step is to pour in the sparkling water. This is a fun drink to enjoy by yourself or as a special treat with your kiddos. Enjoy!
- 3 fresh mint leaves
- 7 fresh blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries
- 1 cup sugar, for simple syrup
- 1 cup water, for simple syrup
- 1 can unflavored sparkling water
- To make your simple syrup, combine the water and sugar in a saucepan and heat until dissolved. Allow to cool before using in the spritzer.
- Add 2 TBSP of simple syrup to a glass
- Add the mint leaves and berries and gently crush to release juices and flavor.
- Pour sparkling water over with some ice and enjoy!