This blueberry mocktail is fruity and fun, and a decadent non-alcoholic drink perfect for parties and special occasions with friends and family. Made with minimal ingredients, it's easy to make and suitable for kids and adults alike.
While I'll admit I used to love a glass of wine back in the day, I'm all about mocktails and ginger beer to enjoy with friends and family in the summer sunshine these days. I used to think that without alcohol I would be stuck with a boring glass of fruit juice or water, but I think my peach honey mocktail and blackberry mocktail show we can do better than that!
This blueberry mocktail is very simple, but looks and tastes quite sophisticated. You definitely won't miss a 'real' cocktail I don't think! We use a simple syrup to make the base and then top with sparkling water for a fruity treat. Some mint and berries add a fun garnish and make it feel a little more special.
Why this recipe is so good
Fun, fruity and refreshing. The beauty of mocktails like this is how light and fresh they are. Perfect for summer BBQs! It's also easily adaptable to taste, as you can adjust the amount of syrup to preference. Do you like it very fruity or just a touch of fruit syrup?!
Kid and adult friendly. Without using alcohol, this drink is suitable for the whole family. I know the kids in my family feel very grown up with a mocktail in their hands, even it's just fruit and some fizz!
Minimal ingredients. Just a few items to get from the store to make this blueberry fizz and most are usually on my shopping list anyway.
All the ingredients and their quantities are detailed in the recipe card below, but some notes on a few of them:
- Blueberries - I tend to use fresh fruit, but you can always use frozen berries too. If using frozen you may need to use a touch less still water as the berries will release some as they thaw.
- Honey - this is the base of the sugar syrup and provides the sweet taste along with the fruit. You want a runny honey rather than set, spreadable honey.
- Sparkling water - I suggest using a plain sparkling water rather than a heavy mineralised one. Using the latter will change the taste a great deal and you won't taste the fruit and mint as well.
- Mint - you definitely need fresh mint (not dried!), which gives it a little bit of a mojito vibe.
Variations to the recipe
You can use frozen blueberries if you are out of fresh fruit. Raid the freezer!
For garnish top the drink with frozen blueberries, or I like to use redcurrants and blackcurrants for a pop of colour.
If citrus works for you, then a squeeze of lime juice to serve (and a wedge of lime in the drink) would be lovely and refreshing. It also turns this drink into a bit of a blueberry mojito mocktail if so!
Step by step instructions
Making a fruit mocktail at home is quite simple to do, with just a few steps:
Make the blueberry syrup by adding the blueberries, honey, mint and still water to a pan. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to a very light simmer. Cook down for 15 minutes so the syrup reduces.
Place a fine mesh sieve over a bowl (or jug) and pour the syrup into it. Use a wooden spoon to push the syrup through the sieve, leaving the blueberry skins and mint leaves in the sieve (either discard or I just eat them!). Leave to cool.
Pour the blueberry syrup into your glasses. This recipe makes enough for two glasses, with around ½ inch of syrup at the bottom of the glass. Spoon in ice cubes and top up with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh mint and I like to add some frozen berries as they look so pretty!
Frequently asked questions
Yes, using frozen blueberries works well if you don't have fresh berries to hand.
Around ½ inch of syrup gives a nice fruity flavour, but if you like a stronger taste you can always use a little more. The flavour of the drink will also vary depending upon how much sparkling water and ice you use and the size of the glass.
Yes, you can always mix berries to make a mocktail or you may like to see my blackberry mocktail which is lovely for the fall months.
Nothing special needed to make this recipe, just some staple kitchen equipment most of us have to hand:
Small pan - to make the blueberry syrup.
Wooden spoon - to help the blueberries along if they are being stubborn and not bursting in the pan!
Sieve - to strain the syrup through to remove the blueberry skins and mint leaves.
Bowl or jug - to 'catch' the syrup after being strained.
Glasses - to serve your drink to your guests!
More mocktails to enjoy
From berries to apple, to ginger beer, there are lots of delicious drinks on my mocktails page. Some recent recipes to try out:
- Small pan
- Wooden spoon
- 1.5 cups blueberries
- 3 tablespoon honey
- 3-4 fresh mint leaves
- ¼ cup still water
- sparkling water to serve
- ice cubes to serve
- frozen berries optional, to garnish
- Add the blueberries, mint, honey and still water to a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a very light simmer and stir to combine. Cook for 15 minutes, pressing any stubborn blueberries that aren't bursting against the side of the pan with a wooden spoon.
- Pour the blueberry syrup through a fine mesh sieve into a bowl or jug (a jug is easier for pouring into your glasses!). Press the syrup through the sieve with a wooden spoon and discard the blueberry skins and mint leaves that are left in the sieve. Set aside the syrup to cool (about 20 minutes).
- Pour approximately ½ inch of the blueberry syrup into your glasses and add in ice cubes. Top with sparkling water, and garnish with frozen berries and fresh mint leaves.
- For a stronger blueberry mocktail pour more of the syrup into your glasses.
- Use a wooden spoon to both help the blueberries along to burst in the pan, and also to press through the sieve.
- sparkling water is not rated on the SIGHI list.