Blueberries are perfect for summer, so bright and juicy. Chase them with a little seltzer and a squeeze of lemon for a fresh blueberry spritzer.
Last week, I shared a recipe for some refreshing and summery blueberry mojitos. But as I proclaimed here before, my tolerance for alcohol dropped off in my old age (I will still continue to pretend I’m not older). I prefer to spend my summer and weekend days down at the beach, socializing and splashing and tanning. Gulping down some mojitos is refreshing, sure. But there should always be a mocktail version of every cocktail for those of us who can’t drink/won’t drink/don’t want to drink. Yes, you could easily omit the alcohol and go with a virgin mint mojito. Instead, I’d rather try the clean taste of a fresh blueberry spritzer.
Simplicity is the best part of this spritzer. It’s just a little blueberry simple syrup mixed with a bit of lemon to give a bit of acidity. Mix it all with a healthy doze of seltzer water. That is one big different between the spritzer and the mojito. Using plain, unflavored seltzer lets the blueberry flavors shine through, unadulterated. The blueberry is the star here, after all.
This spritzer is an outstanding summer drink for those who aren’t into cocktails but still want to enjoy thoughtful libations. Anyone can grab a soda from the cooler. But picture walking around the beach with one of these in your hands. Completely different scenario, right? People will stop to ask what it is, where you got it, how they can have one. And with 4th of July right around the corner, there is a huge market for tasty and refreshing drinks!
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
- 12 ounces seltzer water
- Juice from ½ lemon
- Combine blueberries, sugar and water in a sauce pan over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil then reduce to medium low and simmer 10 minutes until the blueberries have released their juices. Strain out the blueberries.
- To make the drink, combine ¼ cup of blueberry simple syrup with lemon juice. Top with seltzer water and serve over ice.