Lemon Blackberry Rosemary Spritzer

Lemon Blackberry Rosemary Spritzer  Sweet blackberries, tangy lemon and woody rosemary mingle together to create a thoroughly refreshing and unforgettably delicious drink!

lemon blackberry spritzer recipe rosemary virgin mocktail non alcoholic no alcohol

Lemon Blackberry Rosemary Spritzer

Every year for the past 13 years we’ve continued a tradition of picking wild blackberries each summer to freeze for our smoothies and other things. Our record so far is 20 gallons in one season!  We have 13 acres and at least one acre of that is entirely covered with blackberries.  They’re very much an invasive species here in Washington State but we allow that blackberry patch to to thrive because we love having access to all those fresh blackberries year after year.

Now that our kids are old enough to pick with us, we’ve got a nice little crew of blackberry pickers to help with the task.  Their incentive:  Homemade blackberry syrup on their pancakes and waffles, blackberry jam and blackberry fruit leather! They’re happy campers.  Plus it’s fun family bonding time.  And we soon forget all the scratches, thorns and battle scars once we’re tasting the fruits of our labor!

My latest creation with blackberries is this delightfully refreshing non-alcoholic spritzer which has been a big hit with our family and friends.

Serve these drinks with a slice of lemon and a sprig of fresh rosemary and your guests will be wowed by the beauty of the deep blueish-red fizzy soda garnished with the yellow and green. And then of course once they take that first sip…

We’re confident you’re going to love the pairing of sweet blackberries, woodsy rosemary and tangy lemon!

lemon blackberry spritzer recipe rosemary virgin mocktail non alcoholic no alcohol

What I love about it too is that the blackberry syrup for this drink can be made from either fresh or frozen blackberries.  So you can freeze them and have access to making blackberry syrup year-round for this delicious drink.

lemon blackberry spritzer recipe rosemary virgin mocktail non alcoholic no alcohol

Let’s get started!

To make this drink you’ll need some blackberry syrup.  And that’s super easy to make.  Think of it as a simple syrup that you would use for cocktails.  It’s simply a blackberry infusion with sugar.

Here is the recipe for Homemade Blackberry Syrup.

Alternatively, you can also use store-bought blackberry syrup but for the very best flavor we recommend making your own.

With your blackberry syrup in hand you’re ready to make your spritzer.

Place the rosemary needles in a glass and mash them around with a cocktail muddler or similar.  Or just crush the needles between your fingers and add them to the glass.  The purpose here is to release the oils in the rosemary.

Add a little seltzer (sparkling water) and swish it around to infuse it with the rosemary.  Remove and discard the rosemary.  Add the lemon juice.

Add the blackberry syrup, ice cubes and more seltzer.  Give it a stir.

Serve the Blackberry Lemon Rosemary Spritzers with a slice of lemon and sprig of rosemary.

Enjoy!

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Originally published on The Daring Gourmet on Aug 31, 2017

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