Blackberry Thyme Spritzer
Blackberry Thyme Spritzer, a 4-ingredient sparkling water spritz recipe featuring summer blackberries and fresh thyme. Made with or without alcohol, this bubbly beverage is a simple summer treat!
Are you a sparkling water addict? I know my first instinct on a hot summer day is to grab a cold and bubbly fruit-flavored sparkling water. There's nothing like a chilled sparkling drink to cool off in warm weather and — with the flavored sparkling water craze we're in right now — I'm sure you feel the same.
That's why I decided to try my hand at recreating my favorite sparkling water flavors at home. Making an all-natural “natural flavors” free homemade fruit spritzer is simple, and takes only 4 ingredients and 10 minutes.
Ready to make your own bubbly Blackberry Thyme Spritzer? Let's do it!
What is a water spritzer?
A spritzer, also known as a “spritz,” is a chilled drink made with sparkling mineral or soda water. Sometimes the name spritzer can mean a wine spritzer, which is a white wine and sparkling water cocktail. However, the term also refers to any chilled bubbly drink made from sparkling beverages, whether they have alcohol or not.
A water spritzer is a drink made from sparkling mineral water and is usually flavored with fresh fruit and herbs.
How to make a Blackberry Thyme Spritzer
Making a fruit and herb-infused spritzer is super simple and involves the following three steps:
- Cook fruit and herbs over low heat in a small saucepan to release and infuse the fruit's liquids. This usually only takes about 5 minutes, and sugar can be added if you prefer a sweeter drink (especially if the fruit is tart).
- The herb-infused fruit puree can be strained to just use the infused juice, or for a pulp-y drink you can simply keep the fruit puree as is.
- The final step is combining the juice or puree with sparkling water in a glass with ice, and topping with garnishes. So simple!
To make this Blackberry Thyme Spritzer, simply add blackberries, thyme, and sugar to a small pan and cook on low heat until blackberries soften and release their liquid. You can also use a fork or spoon to mash each blackberry to release more juice.
When the fruit puree is done, pour the infused blackberry mixture through a small strainer or cheesecloth over a small bowl. Keep the blackberry pulp if you'd like to add to the spritzer (or freeze for smoothies!). Or if you like a spritzer with fruit pulp, keep the puree as is for the next step.
Finally, pour the sparkling water over ice and then add the infused blackberry thyme juice or puree. Garnish with blackberries and extra thyme sprigs, and enjoy your homemade fruit-infused sparkling water!
Blackberry Thyme Spritzer: Tips, tricks, and tools
This 4-ingredient homemade flavored sparkling water recipe is super easy to make, however there are a few tips and tricks for getting the most out of your ingredients:
- Make it a cocktail: While this spritzer recipe is non-alcoholic, it would be easy to make this drink a cocktail by adding your favorite spirit. Just add a one ounce pour of vodka, tequila, gin, or bourbon to spike your spritzer.
- Tools needed: A spritzer is a simple drink that does not require much in the way of kitchen tools, however there are a few simple pieces I like to have on hand that make preparing spritzers much easier, like a citrus press for squeezing fresh fruit, a mixology spoon, and a small strainer. A set of small sauce pans is also needed to cook down the fruit.
- Green kitchen tip: don't let the fruit puree go to waste! Freeze the fruit to use in smoothies or keep on hand to add to oatmeal or pancakes for an added fruit and herb kick to your morning meal.
Love this simple blackberry-infused sparkling water recipe? Check out our other easy cocktail and mocktail recipes, like this Strawberry Mint Spritzer or this Apple Cider Spritzer. Or, make your own spritzer and let us know your fruit and herb flavor combinations!
Did you make this Blackberry Thyme Spritzer? Leave a comment below and rate the recipe to let us know how it turned out. Save this fruit-infused water recipe for later by pinning to your favorite summer Pinterest board and make sure to tag me on Fork in the Road’s Instagram to show me your blackberry spritzer creations!
- 1 cup blackberries + 4 blackberries for garnish
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 16 ounces (475 ml) plain sparkling water
- 1 cup ice
- To a small saucepan add blackberries, 4 sprigs of thyme, and brown sugar and cook on low heat until blackberries soften, about 5 minutes. Using a fork or spoon, mash each blackberry to release its juice and cook a few minutes more until the blackberry juice is infused with the thyme and the brown sugar is well combined with the liquid.
- Pour infused blackberry mixture through a small strainer or cheesecloth over a small bowl. Keep the blackberry pulp if you'd like to add to the spritzer (or freeze for smoothies).
- Finally, pour half the sparkling water over ice and then add 1 ounce (30 ml) of the infused blackberry thyme juice. Garnish with blackberries and extra thyme sprigs.
- Notes: build spritzer with sparkling water first, then pour in juice slowly so the water does not foam and overflow. If you add the juice or puree first and then the sparkling water will likely cause the water to overflow from glass (we tried it both ways and it worked better by adding sparkling water first).
- Sustainability tips: don't throw away the blackberry pulp! Freeze to use in smoothies or keep on hand to add to oatmeal or pancakes.
- Tools Needed: small sauce pans, small strainer
- Prep Ahead: make infused blackberry juice up to a week ahead of time and pour in sparkling water when ready to serve.
- Leftovers and Storage: Because sparkling water loses its effervescence quickly, we recommend making puree ahead of time but not mixing until ready to serve. Fruit puree can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week and can be frozen for up to one month and then thawed before use.
- Nutrition notes: Nutrition information for this recipe includes the total nutrition if you use the leftover fruit pulp. This summer spritz recipe is very low in calories, is low in added sugar, and is a great alternative to plain water and artificially flavored drinks. The nutrition information below was calculated with added sweetener, however you can omit the brown sugar completely if you do not want any sweetness in your spritzer.
Serving Size:9 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 49Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 16mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 2g