Are you looking for the perfect mocktail for your next meal or party? How about giving this Non-Alcoholic Blackberry Mojito a try. It is simple to make ahead and the perfect blend of flavors! Trust me, you don't want to miss this!
What Makes This Recipe Work?
This blackberry mojito is so refreshing. On a hot day, this is the cold drink you want in your hand. Mint of course is always refreshing, but add the blackberry and lime and it is even better.
It is really simple to create this lovely drink. What makes it even better is you can make it ahead of time. Everything in this recipe can make at least 12 hours in advance.
So, if you are making this for a party, it is nice not to have it to worry about!
- Fresh Blackberries- You can use frozen, but I really like fresh berries better. Make sure they are ripe and flavorful. The better the flavor of the blackberries, the better the flavor of your drink.
- Granulated sugar- I will explain more about simple syrups below and the reasons I love them. I use granulated sugar when I make mine.
- Fresh Mint Leaves- This is the same as the blackberries above. You want them fresh and in good shape.
- Fresh Lime Juice- Do not use concentrate, this is not the same!
- Fresh Lemon Juice- I used both lemon and lime juice. You can use just lime juice if you prefer, but I loved the combo.
How To Make
- Next, add in water and turn on low heat, stirring occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. This will only take a few minutes.
- Add your granulated sugar and mint leaves to a small saucepan. With the back of a spoon, smash the mint leaves into the sugar. This will release the oils from the mint leaves and spread the beautiful flavor throughout.
- While it is cooling, add your blackberries, sugar, and lime juice to a small bowl. Smash gently to open the berries and incorporate the sugar and lime juice. Allow this to sit while the simple syrup is cooling.
- Allow the simple syrup to cool.
- When everything is ready, let's start assembling.
- Add about ¼-1/2 cup of blackberry mixture to your glass.
- Next, add the mint simple syrup.
- Then the sparkling water. Mix gently.
- Top with more fresh berries, lime slices, and mint leaves for garnish.
I like to keep the decorations simple for this drink. Once the drink is made, with the blackberry mixture, mint simple syrup, and sparkling water, it is time to decorate.
I add plenty of ice to the drink. This is to keep it cold, but also it holds up the blackberries and mint I added on top.
You can also thread a few blackberries through a toothpick and set it across the top of the glass or even into the side.
Why Simple Syrup?
I always make my flavored drinks with simple syrup. I know it takes a little extra time, but it is worth it not to have the gritty sugar in your drink. It creates a much smoother drink.
The ratio I use is a 1:1 ratio. By this, I mean 1 part sugar to 1 part water. For this recipe, it is 1 cup of granulated sugar and 1 cup of water. Then of course you add ½ cup of mint leaves to that.
Then, simply cook until the sugar dissolves. How will you know when that happens? When you look at the liquid, you won't see any more sugar granules in it, just a clear liquid.
Can I use frozen blackberries?
You can. Thaw them first and then proceed with the recipe as directed above. They can be partially thawed too, this just makes it a little harder to mash them.
How far ahead can I make the simple syrup?
One nice thing about the simple syrup is it can be made so far ahead. I have made this up to 5 days in advance and it still tastes good!
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Non-Alcoholic Blackberry Mojito
Mint Simple Syrup
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup mint leaves
- 1 cup water
- 1 ½ cups blackberries
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 2 ½ cups sparkling water
- In a small pan add the 1 cup granulated sugar and ½ cup mint leaves.
- Crush them with the back of a spoon until they are lightly broken up.
- Add the water to this mix, place on the stovetop over medium heat. Mix it well and heat until the sugar is dissolved. This will only take a few minutes.
- Allow the simple syrup to cool slightly.
- Add the blackberries, 1 tablespoon sugar, and lime juice to a small bowl. Mash until the berries are broken up.
- Once the simple syrup cools, start assembling.
- Add in a few tablespoons of the blackberry mixture, about ¼ cup of simple syrup, and then the sparkling water.
- Decorate with more fresh berries, sliced limes, and mint leaves
- Now, sit back and enjoy. You deserve it!