Blackberry Thyme Spritzer Recipe
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!
- 1 cup blackberries, +4 blackberries for garnish
- 6 sprigs fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons brown sugar
- 16 ounces sparkling water, unflavored
- 1 cup ice
Cook fruit and herbs: 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.
Strain juice: 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).
Mix spritzer: 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: 1serving, Calories: 49kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 56mg, Potassium: 145mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 7g, Vitamin A: 297IU, Vitamin C: 20mg, Calcium: 51mg, Iron: 1mg