This blackberry mocktail is a fun and fruity non-alcoholic drink that is perfect for a weekend treat or holiday celebrations. The tart blackberries pair so well with sweet honey and lots of fizz for a refreshing and tangy mocktail.
Mocktails are a fun way to enjoy a special occasion without alcohol, and are both adult and kid-friendly. I know the kids in my family feel very grown-up when they have a small glass at celebrations! If your family love them too then you may like to see my peach honey mocktail and my blueberry mocktail, or my refreshing ginger beer for a change. All so delicious!
This honey blackberry mocktail feels particularly perfect for the winter months, and has quite a sophisticated deep berry flavour. Easy to make, and such a treat, it definitely shows that mocktails for adults can compete with alcoholic drinks!
⭐ Why this recipe is so good
- Full of fruity flavour! Blackberries pack a punch with flavour, and make for a lovely and refreshing drink.
- Non-alcoholic. This blackberry mocktail feels equally as special as an alcoholic drink, and is perfect for special occasions. Your guests will love it!
- Easy to make. Just a few steps to enjoy this drink with relatively little 'hands on' cook time.
If you are making this mocktail during blackberry season, then it would be fun to go blackberry picking yourself. It's always something I do with my family in September and October in the nearby countryside. Or perhaps you have some frozen from late summer as I do, ready to make tasty recipes with (I always pick way too many!).
The ingredients you need are:
- Fresh blackberries: choose fresh ripe fruit for that balance of sweetness and the slightly tart flavour we love blackberries for.
- Honey: to make the syrup that is the basis of the mocktail. You want runny honey not set honey.
- Thyme: to give a little hint of herby flavour to the drink. Definitely use fresh rather than dried!
- Sparkling water: to top the syrup, and for some fun bubbles to make it a mocktail. I suggest using a plain sparkling water rather than a mineral water as the latter will have a stronger taste that could overpower the fruit.
📖 Variations to the recipe
Swap honey for maple syrup. I haven't tried it myself, but I would think that using maple syrup rather than honey would work well if you are vegan or aren't keen on the taste of honey.
Leave out the herbs. If you aren't keen on herbs then simply leave the thyme out of the recipe.
🔪 Step by step instructions
This blackberry mocktail comes together by first making a sugar syrup from the blackberries, thyme and honey and then topping with sparkling water. It only requires a little cook time and has very easy steps to follow:
Add the blackberries, still water, honey and thyme to a pan. Bring to a light simmer, and then reduce the heat to low-medium for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and ensuring the honey has dissolved.
Set the syrup aside to cool, and then place in the fridge to chill. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the pips.
Pour into your glasses, and then top with sparkling water. Add ice to taste.
💭 Recipe tips and notes
- To help the blackberries break down if they are not readily doing so (which they should), simply press against the pan with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Allow the syrup to cool before making the drink and pouring on the sparkling water.
- Adjust the ratio of syrup and water to taste preference. Some people like a lot of syrup for the sweetness, other just a hint of flavour. It's up to you how fruity you like it!
📋 Frequently asked questions
Yes, definitely use ripe fruit for that combination of sweet and tart. If you use under-ripe berries that won't break down as well, and won't have much sweetness.
Yes, you can easily use frozen fruit.
I suggest it is best, as you want to remove the blackberry pips.
If it works for you, then you can add a little squeeze of citrus!
🍸 More fun non-alcoholic drinks
Enjoy fresh and flavour drinks on my mocktails page, including my easy yet delicious blackcurrant mocktail and my sparkling cherry mocktail. Some recent recipes to enjoy:
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- 1 cup blackberries
- ½ cup honey
- 1 cup still water
- sprig thyme
- sparkling water
- Add the blackberries, still water, honey and thyme to a pan. Bring to a light simmer, and then reduce the heat to low-medium for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally and ensuring the honey has dissolved.
- Set the syrup aside to cool, and then place in the fridge to chill. Strain through a fine mesh sieve to remove the pips.
- Pour into your glasses, and then top with sparkling water. Add ice to taste.
- If the blackberries aren't breaking down in the pan (they should do), then press against the pan with the back of a wooden spoon.
- Allow the mixture to cool before pouring into your glasses.
- Adjust the ratio of syrup and sparkling water to taste preference. Some people like a sweet drink with a lot of syrup, others just a hint of flavour.
- Please note that nutritional information is offered as a courtesy. It is auto-generated and should be understood to be an estimate.
- sparkling water isn't rated on the SIGHI list.
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