Summer fruits are here, and I’ve been making all sorts of fizzy mocktails to keep us cool in the 98+ degree Florida heat and humidity.
The mocktail formula is easy, and almost doesn’t even need a recipe. Freeze your favorite summer fruit, blend into a puree, muddle some fresh summer berries and mint, stir everything together, and top with fizzy seltzer.
My favorite, unfussy combination of blackberries and mint, with fresh watermelon purée and a pinch of sea salt, topped with seltzer to make it fizzy, has been keeping us cool and refreshed.
Want it spiked? Add a 1/4 cup of white wine, or an ounce of a really good gin made with juniper and botanicals.
If you don’t have a muddler (which, I do not!), use a spoon to smash the berries and mint inside the glass, or transfer the berries and mint to a plate and crush with a potato masher.
If your fruit isn’t as sweet as you had hoped, stir in a spoonful or two of local honey.
Blackberries and mint, with fresh watermelon purée and a pinch of sea salt, topped with seltzer to make it fizzy.
- 4 cups frozen watermelon cubes
- 1/2 cup fresh blackberries, divided
- 6 fresh mint leaves, divided
- 1/4 tsp. gray sea salt, divided
- 1/2 cup plain seltzer, divided
- 1/2 cup white wine, or 2 oz. gin, divided (optional)
- In the bowl of a food processor or blender, puree watermelon; set aside.
- In a glass, add half of the berries, 3 mint leaves, and pinch of the salt. Muddle or smash ingredients to release juice and oils.
- Pour half of the watermelon puree into the glass, top with half of the seltzer; stir to combine. Add optional wine or gin; garnish with additional mint and berries.
- Repeat with remaining ingredients.