A refreshing non-alcoholic beverage made with homemade blackberry syrup, fresh mint, and honey. This mocktail is easy to make and can be enjoyed any time of year!
Mocktails are the perfect beverage because they are usually made with fun, fresh ingredients that can easily be adapted to serve a crowd. They can also be made to include alcohol to accommodate all of your guests.
Muddled blackberries give this mocktail incredible flavor and gorgeous, vibrant color. Fresh mint and floral honey add to the depth and freshness of this beverage while complementing the blackberries beautifully.
Table of Contents
- Ingredients You Need To Make This Recipe
- How To Make This Recipe
- Variations and Substitutions
- Other Uses For Blackberry Syrup Made With Honey
- What Is A Mocktail?
- What Makes A Drink A "Smash"?
- What Glass Should I Use For A Mocktail?
- Recommended Tools For This Recipe
- Love Berries? Check Out These Recipes Next!
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Ingredients You Need To Make This Recipe
- Fresh blackberries. Blackberries are muddled and mixed with honey and water to make blackberry syrup.
- Honey. I recommend using good-quality wildflower honey such as Beekeeper's Naturals Wildflower Honey to add a delicious floral note to the drink.
- Mint leaves. Fresh mint leaves are muddled to release the oils and mixed with the blackberry syrup.
- Fresh lime juice. Freshly squeezed lime juice adds brightness and acidity.
- Sparkling water. To top off the blackberry smash and add bubbles!
How To Make This Recipe
- Add ten blackberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle them until broken down and syrupy. Add the honey and water and stir with a cocktail spoon until combined. Strain the blackberry syrup through a mesh strainer into a medium bowl.
- Sugar the rim of two rocks glasses by going around the rim of the glass with a wedge of lime and dipping the rims into a shallow plate of sugar. Fill the glasses with ice.
- Rinse out your cocktail shaker, add the mint leaves, and muddle with the fresh lime juice until the leaves release their oils. Pour the blackberry syrup back into the cocktail shaker and mix everything together with the cocktail spoon.
- Divide the blackberry mixture evenly among the two glasses and top each glass off with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh blackberries and mint leaves. Enjoy!
Variations and Substitutions
This smash mocktail can be made with many different types of fruit, such as:
You can also substitute fresh lemon, orange, or grapefruit juice for lime juice.
Other Uses For Blackberry Syrup Made With Honey
The blackberry syrup can be made into a larger batch and stored in a jar or airtight container to use in other recipes.
Add this delicious blackberry syrup to other cocktails and mocktails as well as tea, lemonade, or sparkling water.
What Is A Mocktail?
Mocktails are non-alcoholic beverages made to mimic the flavors and complexity of popular cocktail recipes and are typically made with fruit, juice, syrups, and other flavors.
Mocktails have grown in popularity recently as many people want to enjoy fruity, festive beverages without the effects of alcohol. There are an increasing number of mocktail "bars" popping up across the country with fun, expansive menus.
What Makes A Drink A "Smash"?
Smash drinks can be dated back to the late 19th century and were typically made with sugar, mint, ice, fruit, and some type of spirit. The fruit can vary according to the season and citrus is sometimes also added.
According to this article by Imbibe Magazine, the Mint Julep can be considered the first smash beverage, although that can be left up to interpretation.
Basically, there are no set-in-stone parameters that make a drink a smash, so have fun and get creative!
What Glass Should I Use For A Mocktail?
There are many options when it comes to mocktail glassware and it basically depends on the size of the beverage you are serving.
This blackberry smash mocktail is made in a rocks glass, which can vary in size from 7 to 12 ounces, usually falling somewhere around 8 to 10 ounces. This is the glass I used to make this recipe!
You can also make mocktails in wine glasses, highball glasses, coupe glasses, nora glasses, or any glass you're in the mood for!
Recommended Tools For This Recipe
You can also purchase a bartender kit like this one that comes with everything you need to make all of your favorite mocktails and cocktails!
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Blackberry Smash Mocktail
- 10 fresh blackberries plus more for garnish, rinsed
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons water
- 6 mint leaves plus more for garnish
- 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lime juice
- Sparkling water plain or flavored
- Add ten blackberries to a cocktail shaker and muddle them until broken down and syrupy. Add the honey and water to the ablackberries and stir with a cocktail spoon until combined. Strain the blackberry syrup through a mesh strainer into a medium bowl.
- Pour about ¼ cup of granulated sugar onto a medium-size plate. Sugar the rim of two rocks glasses by going around the rim of the glass with a wedge of lime and dipping the moistened rim into the sugar. Fill the glasses with ice.
- Rinse out your cocktail shaker and add the mint leaves and fresh lime juice to the shaker. Muddle the mint until the leaves begin to break down and release their oils. Pour the blackberry syrup back into the cocktail shaker with the mint and mix everything together with the cocktail spoon.
- Divide the blackberry mixture evenly among the two rocks glasses and top each glass off with sparkling water. Garnish with fresh blackberries and mint leaves. Enjoy!
- The blackberry syrup can be made into a larger batch and stored in a jar or airtight container for up to a week