Strawberry Mint Spritzer
Strawberry Mint Spritzer, a simple water spritz recipe featuring summer strawberry puree and fresh mint leaves. Made with or without alcohol, this bubbly beverage is a warm weather favorite!
Who doesn’t love a cold fizzy drink on a hot summer afternoon? There is nothing like a chilled bubbly beverage to cool off in warm weather, especially when that beverage is a homemade fruit spritzer water.
With the sparkling water craze at its peak, I decided to recreate my favorite afternoon refreshing drink by making my own homemade fruit spritzer water.
Ready to learn how to make a homemade non-alcoholic strawberry spritzer? Let’s do it!
💧 What is a water spritzer?
A spritzer, sometimes referred to as a “spritz,” is a chilled drink made with sparkling mineral or soda water.
Oftentimes a spritzer will refer to a wine spritzer, which is a cocktail made with white wine and sparkling water. However, the term can also be used for 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 typically flavored with fresh fruit and herbs.
This simple homemade flavored sparkling water comes together with only 3-4 ingredients.
- Strawberries: Fresh strawberries are cooked to release their juice, which is the base of this drink. Frozen strawberries could also be used instead, simply thaw and use them in the recipe in place of fresh.
- Mint: Fresh mint leaves are added to the strawberry juice puree and muddled to release their fragrant oils. You could use a small amount of mint oil in place of fresh mint leaves as well.
- Sparkling water: Plain sparkling water is key for a spritzer, as it allows the fruit and herb flavors to shine through. We like reducing packaging waste by using our Soda Stream for easy homemade sparkling water any time.
- Sweetener (optional): While we like our spritzers without added sugar, if you like a touch of sweet we suggest brown sugar or maple syrup to add a touch of sweetness.
- Recommended tools: small saucepan, fine mesh strainer, cocktail spoon for stirring
🥣 How to make (step-by-step photos)
1️⃣ Step One: Cook fruit + herbs
First, add strawberries and mint to a small saucepan and cook over low heat to release the fruit’s liquids and infuse it with minty flavor.
The strawberries will release their juices after they are heated, about five minutes, and they can be smashed with a spoon to help speed up the process. You can also add a sweetener at this point if you’d like a sweeter drink.
2️⃣ Step Two: Strain the fruit puree
Once the strawberries and mint have cooked down into a puree, remove the mint leaves and pour the fruit puree through a mesh strainer (or a regular strainer with small holes for the liquid to go through) into a small bowl or mug.
If you like a pulpy drink, you can skip this step and add the fruit directly to the water, though this will leave large pieces of fruit inside your spritzer.
3️⃣ Step Three: Add the fruit juice + sparkling water to a glass
Finally, pour the sparkling water over ice and then add the infused strawberry mint juice or puree over the top, stirring to combine.
Garnish with strawberries and extra mint leaves and enjoy your homemade fruit-infused sparkling water!
👉 Seasonal fruit spritzer ideas
While this Strawberry Mint Spritzer takes advantage of summer’s fresh berries, here are a few other fruit spritz variation ideas to make throughout the year:
- Spring: fresh strawberries, blackberries, or blueberries; fresh mint, thyme, or lavender
- Summer: stone fruits like peaches, nectarines, and plums; fresh basil
- Fall: cranberries, grapes, apples, pears; sage
- Winter: pomegranates, blood oranges, mandarins; rosemary
❓ Recipe questions + quick tips
A spritzer is an iced water beverage made with sparkling mineral or soda water. A spritzer can be made with or without alcohol.
Homemade flavored sparkling water can be made by mixing fruit juices, herbs, and other flavorings into plain sparkling water.
While this strawberry mint spritz is made alcohol-free as a mocktail, you can make this a cocktail by adding 1 ounce (30 milliliters) of your favorite spirit (we suggest vodka or gin, but rum would be tasty as well).
🧊 How to store
We love making a big batch of fruit puree to pour into sparkling waters! Here are our tips for storing this mocktail:
- If making the fruit puree ahead of time, do not mix until ready to serve: Sparling water loses its effervesence after it is opened, so we recommend preparing the strawberry mint puree ahead of time and then mixing with sparkling water when you’re ready to serve.
- Refrigerator storage: Store the strawberry puree in an airtight, pourable container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days and pour when ready to serve.
- Freezer storage: You can also store extra fruit puree by freezing and then thawing when you are ready to use. Simply freeze in an airtight container or freeze in silicon ice trays and then thaw them out when you’re ready to use (or use them as ice inside your sparkling water!).
♻️ Sustainable kitchen tips
We’re all about being eco-friendly in the kitchen here at Fork in the Road, so here are our tips for making this recipes sustainable:
Take advantage of strawberry season. While this recipe can be made with frozen strawberries, we suggest taking advantage of the tastiest fruit during berry high season, which is in mid to late summer in most areas of the world.
Don’t throw out your fruit puree after straining! Save leftover fruit puree after straining and add it to fruit smoothies, your morning oatmeal bowl, or even freeze it into tasty fruit ice.
Choose waste-free sparkling water. We LOVE sparkling water, but hate buying cases of cans in cardboard boxes. Instead we opted for a SodaStream (affiliate link), which reduces packaging waste and lets us make our own sparkling water for when a bubbly craving starts.
💦 More fruit spritzer recipes
Looking for more fruit-flavored spritzer recipes? We’ve got you covered:
Strawberry Mint Spritzer Recipe
- ½ cup strawberries + 4 strawberries for garnish
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- 8 ounces sparkling water
- 1 teaspoons brown sugar or maple syrup optional
- Make fruit puree: To a small saucepan add blackberries, mint leaves, and desired sweetener (if using) and cook on low heat until berries soften, about 5 minutes. Using a fork or spoon, mash each berry to release its juice and cook a few minutes more until the strawberry juice is infused with the mint and the sweetener is well combined with the liquid.
- Strain infused juice: Pour infused strawberry mixture through a small strainer or cheesecloth over a small bowl. Keep the fruit pulp if you'd like to add to the spritzer (or freeze for smoothies).
- Mix spritzer: Finally, pour the sparkling water over ice and then add the infused strawberry mint juice. Garnish with strawberries and mint leaves.
- Recipe tip: Build spritzer with sparkling water first, then stir in puree slowly so the water does not foam and overflow. Add the 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).
- DO NOT SHAKE IN A COCKTAIL SHAKER, unless you want a foamy mess all over your kitchen.
- Prep ahead: Fruit puree can be made ahead of time and added to 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: The nutrition information below was calculated without added sweetener, however if you do decide to add a natural sweetener the additional sugar would be minimal for the amount of puree actually used in each glass.
UPDATE: This recipe was originally posted in July 2018 and was updated in July 2021 with more photos and clearer instructions.
This recipe is perfect because I am a certified La Croix addict! I never thought to put fresh fruit in plain sparkling water, I’ll definitely try this because it’s probably cheaper as well.
I’m the same! However right now it’s Perrier ;). I hope you enjoy, the possibilities are endless for creating fresh fruit-based homemade sparkling waters.