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Refreshing Blueberry Lemon Mocktail [3-Ingredients)

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Mocktails are really about finding a balance between tart and sweet, which this Blueberry Lemon Mocktail does an excellent job of doing. It comes together in 3 ingredients and is extremely customizable.

To get started, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 2 oz blueberry syrup (very easy to make)
  • 0.5-1 oz lemon juice (fresh)
  • Lemon or lime flavored sparkling water or seltzer
image of a Blueberry Lemon Mocktail surrounded by fresh blueberries and a lemon wedge
Blueberry Lemon Mocktail

How to Make Blueberry Syrup

Simple syrup is, effectively, sugar dissolved into water over heat. Blueberry syrup means you’re adding blueberries to that equation, much like how you would make a compote.

To make blueberry syrup, you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of blueberries
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup of warm water (or 1 cup if you like a thinner syrup)
A cup of sugar, a bowl of blueberries, and a glass of water - all the ingredients for making blueberry syrup
blueberry syrup ingredients

Step 1: Add water, sugar, and blueberries to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer on a low heat for about 10 minutes.

two pictures: the first shows putting ingredients for blueberry syrup into a pop and the second shows the syrup boiling and cooking
how to make blueberry syrup

Step 2: Strain the blueberry syrup mixture by placing it in a fine mesh strainer and collecting the syrup in a bowl or mason jar. Use a heavy spoon to smush the berries and get as much of the syrup out as possible.

Step 3: Let the syrup cool before making your drinks (about 10-15 minutes).

For this recipe, you’re only going to use the syrup, but honestly, the sugar-smushed berries would go great over some pancakes or toast, so don’t let them go to waste!

How to Make a Blueberry Lemon Mocktail

Step 1: Gather your ingredients and equipment. You’ll need a lemon, your blueberry syrup, and a can or bottle of lemon or lime-flavored sparkling water. I used Topo Chico with Lime. You can use anything you like!

a bottle of topo chico with lime, a bowl of blueberry syrup, and a lemon - ingredients for a blueberry lemon mocktail
blueberry lemon mocktail ingredients

Step 2: In a cocktail shaker (use a mason jar with a lid if you don’t have one), add 2 oz (about 4 tbsp) of blueberry syrup, 0.5-1 oz (about 1-2 tbsp) of fresh lemon juice, and a few ice cubes. Put the shaker lid on and shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.

Step 3: Fill whatever glass you are using with ice (I used a small cocktail glass).

Step 4: Pour the blueberry lemon mixture into your glass.

image of blueberry lemon mixture being poured into a cocktail glass with ice for lemon blueberry mocktail
pour your blueberry lemon mixture into your glass

Step 5: Fill the rest of the cup with your flavored water or seltzer. Gently stir together.

Step 6: Garnish with a fresh lemon wedge and blueberries (optional).

pouring topo chico into a blueberry lemon syrup mixture in a fancy cocktail glass
fill your cup with lemon or lime sparkling water

Variations and Substitutions

As I mentioned earlier, this recipe is very customizable. Depending on your mood and taste preferences, here are some variations and substitutions you might enjoy.

Fruit Variations:

  • Raspberry Syrup: Substitute blueberries with raspberries for a tangy twist.
  • Blackberry Syrup: Swap blueberries with blackberries for a deeper, earthier flavor.
  • Mixed Berry Syrup: Use a mix of berries for a more complex flavor profile.

Citrus Variations:

  • Lime Juice: Replace lemon juice with lime for a slightly different citrus note.
  • Orange Juice: Add a bit of orange juice for a sweeter, less tart flavor.
  • Grapefruit Juice: For a bitter-sweet touch, try grapefruit juice instead of lemon.

Sparkling Water Flavors:

  • Grapefruit or Orange Flavored Sparkling Water: These can add an interesting twist to the flavor.
  • Plain Sparkling Water: For a more straightforward berry and lemon taste.
  • Herbal Infused Sparkling Water: Like rosemary or mint-infused water for a botanical touch.

Sweetener Adjustments:

  • Honey or Maple Syrup: For a natural sweetener alternative in the syrup.
  • Stevia or Agave Syrup: If you’re looking for a lower-calorie option.

Herbs and Spices:

  • Mint: Add fresh mint leaves to the syrup while cooking or as a garnish for a refreshing twist.
  • Basil: Incorporate basil for a unique, aromatic flavor.
  • Ginger: Add a small piece of ginger to the syrup for a spicy kick.

Serving Suggestions:

  • Frozen Berries: Use them as ice cubes for an extra berry burst as they melt.
  • Sugar Rim: Rim the glass with sugar or salt for an extra sweet.

Blueberry Lemon Mojito FAQs

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Is there a non-sugar alternative I can use for the syrup?
What are some other fruits that can be used instead of blueberries?
Can this mocktail be made in large batches for parties?
aerial view of a lemon blueberry mocktail

Refreshing Blueberry Lemon Mocktail [3-Ingredients]

Alicia Gilbert
This easy, 3-ingredient mocktail is a refreshing, non-alcoholic option for parties and cookouts. All you need is blueberry syrup, fresh lemon juice, and a flavored sparkling water of your choosing.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 1

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup blueberries (fresh)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 can lemon or lime flavored sparkling water
  • Ice

Instructions
 

Make the Blueberry Syrup

  • In a saucepan, add the blueberries, sugar, and warm water.
  • Bring the ingredients to a boil. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for ten minutes.
  • Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a glass jar or bowl.
  • Use a heavy spoon to smush the pulp into the strainer to extract as much of the juice as possible.
  • Let the syrup cool for about 10 minutes.

Make Your Mocktail

  • Add 2 ounces of blueberry syrup, one ounce of fresh lemon juice, and some ice to a cocktail shaker.
  • Shake vigorously for about 15 seconds.
  • Fill a cocktail glass with ice.
  • Pour the blueberry lemon syrup mixture into the glass.
  • Fill the glass with your flavored sparkling water.
  • Gently stir to mix together.
  • Garnish with a lemon wedge and fresh or frozen blueberries (optional)
Keyword 3-Ingredient Mocktails, blueberry, lemon
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