Blackberry Basil Seltzer

by Alice Currah on May 1, 2011

My kids go through fruit faster than I go through chocolate. It’s true.  So when I bought blackberries last week I was excited to see just  a few berries left, berries for me.  However, I was worried if I didn’t eat them soon their fate would be revealed in fuzzy white mold rendering them inedible.  It didn’t take me long to decide I didn’t have enough berries to make blackberry jam, so I decided on the next best option.


With Mother’s Day one week away, I decided on making myself a blackberry flavored seltzer. But a plain berry seltzer seemed a little boring so I decided to give it a twist.  I muddled basil leaves and blackberries together for one fantastic, refreshing drink.  Slightly sweetened with agave syrup, this drink would be perfect to celebrate mom.  It’s not very sweet and only uses a few blackberries to slightly flavor the seltzer water.  Basil, yes basil, makes this drink special.

Grab a tall glass and fill it with ice.  Put a small handful of blackberries on top as well as a couple basil leaves.  Using the handle of your favorite kitchen tool or wooden spoon, start crushing the berries and basil down against the ice.  This helps release the oils in the basil and the juices in the blackberries.  Add a little agave syrup to slightly sweeten the drink.  Pour seltzer water to the top and give it a good stir.  Enjoy!

This recipe is inspired and slightly adapted from the Neelys.

Blackberry Basil Seltzer
Recipe type: Beverage
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Serves: 1
A refreshing and light drink made from blackberries, basil, seltzer, and water.
  • ice
  • ¼ cup blackberries
  • 2 large basil leaves or a few small ones
  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup
  • seltzer water
  1. Fill a tall glass halfway with ice. Add blackberries and basil, and muddle both ingredients with the ice. Add agave syrup and a little more ice. Fill the glasses with seltzer water and give it a stir before serving.

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Melynda@Moms Sunday Cafe May 1, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Very nice, I have a Soda Stream, so this will be helpful. Thanks.


Maria May 1, 2011 at 12:29 pm

Beautiful and refreshing!


Jessica @ How Sweet May 1, 2011 at 1:03 pm

This just takes my basil obsession to a whole new level. I love it with fruit!


Kristen May 1, 2011 at 2:22 pm

This looks so refreshing!


Dee D May 1, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Looks so refreshing and pretty!


Aimee @ Simple Bites May 1, 2011 at 7:12 pm

Adding this to the menu for my hubby–he and his brothers are making Sunday lunch for the ladies in the family. The menu is a big secret, but a good drink is a must, so I’ll recommend yours. It looks perfectly refreshing!


Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 May 1, 2011 at 8:07 pm

I love basil with fruit. This looks so refreshing!


Katrina May 2, 2011 at 12:30 am

This sounds delightful! I love the basil addition. Yum!


paddleattachment May 2, 2011 at 2:20 am

This recipe looks delightful and perfect for Mother’s Day!


Whitney May 2, 2011 at 2:49 am

YUM, I can’t wait to try this! And it would be fun to mix the fruit options as well, like mango/lemon/mint!


Cara @ The Boys Made Me Do It May 2, 2011 at 10:55 am

This sounds absolutely refreshing!


Kerri May 2, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Sounds wonderful!!


Tracey May 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm

I could totally use a drink of that now! BTW, I just bought some agave syrup. Had no idea it could work in a cold drink. Can’t wait to try.


leslie May 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

What a delightful little drink you created. Perfect for a hot day


Kristin @ The Pastry Affair May 2, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Oh, I love basil with fruit! This looks outstanding. Can’t wait to try it!


Maris (In Good Taste) May 4, 2011 at 8:23 am

Thi is so pretty!


Molly May 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I’m totally making these for Mother’s Day brunch! what a fantastic idea!!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 4, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Oh, this looks amazing! And, I just bought a brand new case of S Pellegrino today :) I have a pretty good idea what I’ll be using it for now :)


internetowe szkolenia bhp May 7, 2011 at 10:30 am

Everything looks so great and tasty, I wish I could cook better, but with your ideas and your blog it could be possible for me now. Thank you :) KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK


megan May 11, 2011 at 9:52 pm

I made lemon blackberry cupcakes last night so i have a small handful of blackberries left. I now know what I’ll be doing with those! Thanks for such a great idea :)


Kristin @ The Pastry Affair September 2, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Just made this! Delicious, but I think it could be a little sweeter. Now I’m daydreaming how to turn this into a cocktail…


bhp częstochowa October 24, 2012 at 6:17 am

I like it when folks come together and share thoughts.
Great site, stick with it!


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