Meet the most perfect summer cocktail! Muddled blackberries give this vodka spritzer a lovely color, and the fresh cucumber and mint add a refreshing touch. If enjoying fruity cocktails is on your summer agenda, this bubbly blackberry-cucumber vodka spritzer is just what you need.
With summer here, we need plenty of refreshing cocktail recipes in our back pocket. You just never know when an impromptu gathering on the patio calls, and only the most summery sipper will do. As far as I’m concerned, this cocktail has everything that makes me think of long days and warm nights.
- Fresh produce.
- Sprigs of vibrant mint.
- A hint of citrus.
- Plenty of bubbles.
Sounds like summer in a cocktail glass to me. Now let's get to it.
Bonus: If you love blackberry cocktails, be sure to also put my fresh blackberry margarita, blackberry julep and blackberry whiskey smash on your cocktail list this summer!
Cucumber is a delicate flavor, so to help it shine, I like to make fresh cucumber juice. This is as simple as blending a cucumber with a splash of water and use the purée for a stronger touch of cucumber.
Next, we add the blackberries to the shaker with the cucumber juice, mint leaves and start muddling. We're finished when the blackberries mostly break down, which shouldn't take too long.
With our flavorings prepared, we're ready to mix in our vodka, fresh lime juice and simple syrup.
After giving this cocktail a good shake, we strain into ice-filled glasses. The blackberries can clog up the small holes on the top of your cocktail shaker, so I recommend changing the top to use a cocktail strainer.
To finish, we give our cocktail a sparkly finish with some bubbly water. I specifically used La Croix Muré Pepino. Club soda works as well, but I love using sparkling flavored water that mimics the ingredients in a cocktail.
And that's it! We're ready to sit back, enjoy the summer evening and sip away.
Picking a pairing for this cocktail is difficult because you can go in so many directions with this drink. That said, with the cucumber and mint, my brain keeps returning to Mediterranean food. To keep with the summer theme, I suggest marinading some bone-in chicken in Greek dressing and tossing it on the grill. Serve the grilled chicken with a side of tzatziki sauce, couscous and this blackberry-cucumber vodka spritzer for one tasty meal.
When you need the perfect summer cocktail, I hope you try this blackberry-cucumber vodka spritzer.
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Blackberry-Cucumber Vodka Spritzer
- Cocktail shaker
- Jigger or small measuring cup
- Citrus juicer
- 2 ounces cucumber juice (see notes)
- ¼ cup blackberries
- 8-10 Fresh mint leaves
- ½ ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1 ounce regular simple syrup or blackberry simple syrup
- Splash of La Croix Muré Pepino can substitute club soda or your favorite sparkling water
- Add the cucumber juice along with blackberries and mint to a cocktail shaker and muddle until the berries break down.
- Add the vodka, lime juice, simple syrup and a handful ice. Shake for about 15-30 seconds until the shaker turns frosty.
- Replace the top of the shaker with a strainer and pour into highball glasses with ice. Top with desired amount of La Croix Muré Pepino or sparkling beverage of your choice. Garnish with additional lime, mint and a blackberry if you'd like. Enjoy!
- To make the cucumber juice, cut the cucumber into chunks and add to the blender with a splash of water. Blend until smooth. Place a bowl underneath a fine-mesh sieve and pour the cucumber puree into the sieve. Discard the solids collected in the sieve and use 2 ounces cucumber juice for cocktail.
- To make your own simple syrup, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar to a boil, stirring so often to help dissolve the sugar. Once the water boils and the sugar dissolves, turn off heat. Allow the syrup to cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several weeks.
- If you have extra additional cucumber juice, you can freeze it for future use.
- Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
Looks gorgeous and sounds dangerous:) I could down a few of those before I realize what I've done!
Amanda McGrory-Dixon says
Seriously! I like to think that's part of the fun. 🙂