Blueberry Mint Spritzers

by jenna on May 6, 2013

The weekend before last, I packed up and headed down to sunny Southern California to attend my first ever Big Summer Potluck!

The Big Summer Potluck is a blogger conference that’s all about community, food and inspiration. Despite having some initial travel issues {my flight out of SFO got cancelled, my next flight was super delayed and I ended up having to rent a car in LA and driving down to Temecula during rush hour on a Friday. #notrecommended}, it ended up being a completely fabulous weekend spent with some of my best friends. I learned so much and came back on Sunday feeling super refreshed and inspired by the blog community.

The food at the conference was nothing short of incredible. It was the best food I’ve ever had at a conference BY FAR. I mean, what else would you expect at a food blogger potluck? One of my favorite parts was the DIY spritzer bar on Saturday. It featured fresh herbs, fruit and sparkling water to create your own unique and refreshing soda. I think I went through the line about four times so I could try lots of different combinations. I especially loved blueberry mint! It’s fresh, fruit and incredibly refreshing. Perfect for summer!

The recipe I have for you today is really just a suggestion. I loved the flavor combination of blueberry and mint, but you could use different berries {blackberry mint would be yummy!} to make your soda unique.

I pretty much drink sparkling water all day at home. I just love the bubbles! I can’t wait to have my favorite refreshing drink in Paris when I go in a few weeks for my honeymoon— I forget what it’s called, but they put grenadine in Perrier. So summery and delicious!

This would be the perfect light drink for a Mother’s Day brunch this weekend! You can triple or quadruple this recipe to fill a pitcher. If I was lucky enough to hang out with my mom this weekend, I’d probably serve this quiche and some blackberry orange muffins on the side. Perfect!

Blueberry Mint Spritzers

makes 1 soda

Print this Recipe!

Ingredients:

8 fresh mint leaves

1/4 cup blueberries

12 oz sparkling water

1 1/2 tbsp simple syrup {either storebought or homemade. To make your own, just combine 1/4 cup sugar with 1/4 cup water and bring to a boil until the sugar melts. Cool and keep in the fridge in a glass jar}

ice

Directions:

Muddle together the mint and the blueberries in a large glass. Add the sparkling water, simple syrup and ice. Stir well and enjoy!

Time:

5 minutes

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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 6, 2013 at 2:11 am

It was great to see you at Big Potluck, Jenna! And I had to duck out a little early but now you have me craving a spritzer (and that 90F weather we had that weekend). It’s back to 60F and rainy here in SoCal now.

Blueberry and mint is lovely and I’d love one. Or the Paris drink you mentioned :)

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Kristen @ Change of Pace May 6, 2013 at 3:30 am

I cannot wait for summer! Bring on the summer foods and sunshine. I definitely need to try this one :)

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Deb @ Dietitian Debbie Dishes May 6, 2013 at 4:28 am

I love everything about this drink! I can’t wait for more summer weather and fresh blueberries to appear at the market here in Chicago so I can enjoy a glass. :-)

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat May 6, 2013 at 4:31 am

Ooh I love the idea of a DIY spritzer bar! I think I’d go with blueberry and mint as well, but now you’ve got me thinking about other flavours like pineapple ginger and watermelon with mint. So many possibilities!

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Tieghan May 6, 2013 at 5:02 am

Love this idea! Blueberries are on of my favorite berries! They just scream summertime, which I want SO bad right now!

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Molly @ RDexposed May 6, 2013 at 5:07 am

Can I just come over for this drink? I’m too lazy to make a fun drink.

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Amy Walters, aDESIGNdock May 6, 2013 at 5:08 am

What a pretty drink…almost to nice to drink ; )

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Heather Kneisler May 6, 2013 at 5:46 am

Love the pictures in this post and what a lovely idea for homemade soda!

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Ally's Sweet & Savory Eats May 6, 2013 at 5:50 am

Loving this spritzer!

I’ve been hearing some much about this blogging conference you went too – oh, to dream and get to go someday! Looks like so much fun!

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Jenna May 6, 2013 at 6:02 am

This sounds and looks super refreshing!

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Pippa@popovertopippas May 6, 2013 at 6:43 am

This looks so refreshing!

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dishing up the dirt May 6, 2013 at 6:49 am

So refreshing!

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) May 6, 2013 at 6:57 am

Love this idea! Sounds so refreshing.

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Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health May 6, 2013 at 7:04 am

Mmm, this looks so refreshing and creative. That conference sounds like a blast too, minus the travel issues, of course. Side note- I got to wear my Noonday jewelry out last night and received several compliments! I still have yet to receive my earrings, but I love everything I have so far. Thank you so much for turning me on to such a great product with an even better back story! :)

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erin @hooleywithaz May 6, 2013 at 7:10 am

looks like it would taste like summer!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape May 6, 2013 at 7:27 am

This looks delicious! And so summer-y!

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Sarah @ Yogi in Action May 6, 2013 at 7:29 am

Yay summertime! Definitely adding these to my drink list for the next few months. Thanks for the easily adaptable idea! I can see myself making this with all the different fresh berries of the season

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dixya@food, pleasure, and health May 6, 2013 at 7:55 am

i have been meaning to make some bubbly drinks for a while – this is a total inspiration :)

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Jen W May 6, 2013 at 8:11 am

What a fantastic drink! Almost all of my friends are pregnant or trying, so this is a wonderful mocktail to keep us all refreshed all summer long! Thanks for the great post!

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Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy May 6, 2013 at 8:31 am

I love summer food – especially asparagus

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Emily @ Life on Food May 6, 2013 at 9:22 am

Oh man this looks refreshing. I drink a ton of water and only water but sometimes I need to spice it up a bit. Next time that happens I am heading this way.

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Erika@balancedspoon.com May 6, 2013 at 9:24 am

That’s so pretty! My mom loves blueberries so I will be making this for her on Mother’s Day. Thanks for the recipe Jenna :)

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Megan @ Megan's Miles May 6, 2013 at 10:38 am

It’s finally warm in Seattle, and this drink sounds so refreshing and lovely. Thanks for the recipe!

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Miss Kim @ behgopa May 6, 2013 at 10:40 am

Lovely!! Mint always livens up a cool refreshing drink for me.

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Caroline L. May 6, 2013 at 12:42 pm

That looks SO refreshing! And that blogger conference sounds like a dream!!

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jamie @ green beans & grapefruit May 6, 2013 at 1:23 pm

What a great weekend and was so wonderful having dinner with you! The spritzer bar was definitely memorable..this looks awesome. :)

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Sydney May 6, 2013 at 1:44 pm

Looks delicious and oh so summery!! Cannot wait to try :)

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Erin May 6, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Seltzer bar – sounds awesome – I’m a sparkling water addict. The drink you are talking about is a “diabolo grenadine” btw. You can get them will all flavors of syrup – just add the name of the syrup at the end. Another couple of drinks you might wanna try if you haven’t already : un panaché (1/2 beer, 1/2 limonade = super refreshing!) and “un demi-peche” (beer with a shot of peach syrup in it – sounds weird but it is sooo delicious!)

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Coty & Mariah@QuirksandTwists May 6, 2013 at 6:55 pm

We cannot wait for summer! This looks beyond refreshing.

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Alley @ Alley's Recipe Book May 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm

I love to muddle a couple mint leaves for mint infused water. Adding some bubbles sounds even more refreshing!

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Kim May 7, 2013 at 11:23 am

Fun!!! I LOVE seltzer. We drink it so often at home that I want to splurge on one of those soda machine thingys at Bed Bath and Beyond to make our own (and save tons of plastic bottles). LOVE love love the idea of a seltzer bar. How fun would that be at a shower or a conference? Thanks for sharing!

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Tracy | Peanut Butter and Onion May 8, 2013 at 11:14 am

So simple, so refreshing… time to open the pool and drink these

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Lacey May 8, 2013 at 8:47 pm

I like to make these with a little drizzle of fruit flavored balsamic vinegar added to the simple syrup!

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Jared May 12, 2013 at 8:17 am

Why does it have to be in a jar? Can I drink it in a cup or a large wine glass… mmmmm, wine!!

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