Celebrate the end of summer with this refreshing Lemon Berry Mint Sparkler Mocktail. Tart lemons meet sweet strawberries and cooling mint to creating a sparkly delicious drink!
During the peak of my awful morning sickness, I got a lovely email from Heather with Williams-Sonoma asking if I’d like to participate in their latest campaign on using freshly pressed juices to create a Sangria recipe. They are currently promoting all their awesome variety of juicers, from simple slow ones all the way to whole food juicers. Well, since creating anything, let alone consuming anything, was not happening at the time, it took me a while to pull something together. Lucky for me, Heather is awesome and was patient for my belly to allow me back into the kitchen!
Since Sangria is sadly not happening right now, I created this mocktail like summery Sangria. You can in fact easily make it into an adult beverage, but for now it’s mocktails only for me! This concoction helped soothe my belly during some of my most difficult times. It took on many forms, staring with simple lemon and growing with ingredients as I began to feel better. And each time, I loved it more and more. It is refreshing and simple to make. My kids love it too! I love the tang of lemon and sweetness of strawberries laced with a hint of mint and maple syrup. When I made this most recently, I used my new Vitamix Professional Series 750 to pulverize the berries and mint with the fresh squeezed lemon juice. Wow, that machine is awesome! I love having it in my kitchen, it makes a world of difference in all I have been using it for.
This is a perfect drink to cheers to the end of summer and beginning of fall. Unless you live here in hot southern California…it looks like summer is not getting the hint!
- ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 1 cup fresh strawberries plus 4 extra for garnish
- 2 tablespoons fresh mint plus more leaves for garnish
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 3 cups sparkling water
- 1 cup ice or more if desired
- Using a juicer, juice 2-4 lemons until you get ½ cup. How many really depends on how juicy they are, I used 2 but I have pretty juicy lemons from my tree.
- Place the fresh pressed lemon juice, 1 cup strawberries, 2 tablespoons mint and maple syrup into a blender. Blend until pulverized into a thick puree.
- Place puree into a pitcher, and add sparkling water and ice. Slice 4 extra strawberries and add to the pitcher. Pour into glasses/mason jars, garnish with mint and serve.
- You can use frozen berries but they need to be thawed out before use.
- Another sweetener can be subbed for the maple syrup. You can add more if you desire more sweetness.
- If you’d like to make this an adult beverage, you can sub the sparkling water for a sparkling wine or champagne. A sparkling rose would go well.