New Year’s Eve is just a few days away, and while lots of people will enjoy champagne and other alcoholic drinks, I can’t partake this year. I never drank much anyhow; a glass of wine here or there, maybe an occasional cocktail. I’ve been dealing with a stomach issue for over a year, and my doctor asked that I refrain from all alcohol until it has resolved. I’ve been conjuring up a non-alcoholic bubbly drink to enjoy on New Year’s Eve, so that myself and anyone else not drinking alcohol can enjoy the celebration too. This delicious Blackberry Lemon Fizz is easily made with a few ingredients including Lemon flavored DASANI Sparkling Water and my homemade simple syrup.
It has been over 70F here in southern Kentucky the last few days. Many people are complaining about our lack of “winter” weather, but I find it perfectly lovely. It’s perfect to relax on the porch (or to have a jump on the trampoline with my son). You’ll never hear me complain about the lack of snow or sub-50F weather.
The much welcomed warm weather and fresh blackberries remind me of a southern summer. In the summer, Jeremy and I normally visit a few of his dad’s properties to pick fresh blackberries and I make them into lots of tasty treats. While shopping at the grocery I found some large and sweet blackberries for a reasonable price.
These blackberries were almost too tasty to put into anything, I could have sat down to eat the whole container.
DASANI Sparkling Water is unsweetened with zero artificial colors and caffeine-free. You can make this drink very light by just using muddled blackberries, but I prefer mine a tad sweet. Simple syrup is simple and quick to make. It’s basically boiled water and sugar.
- ½ cup muddled fresh blackberries
- Crushed ice
- Simple syrup (1/2 cup sugar boiled with ½ cup water and cooled)
- Lemon flavored DASANI Sparkling Water
- Prepare simple syrup by boiling ½ cup water and adding ½ cup sugar
- Stir until sugar dissolved and remove from heat
- Allow syrup to cool completely (store refrigerated in airtight container until used)
- Place two tablespoons of muddled (smashed) blackberries in the bottom of a glass
- Add two tablespoons simple syrup (or to taste)
- Pour ½ can of Dansani Sparkling Water over blackberries and simple syrup
- Stir well
- Top with crushed ice
- Garnish with a whole blackberry or mint sprig
You can also make this by the pitcher to serve a large crowd. Jeremy and I talked about how a dollop of lemon or blackberry sherbet would make a tasty float or punch.
DASANI Sparkling Water is available in 12 packs of 12 oz cans in Lemon, Lime, Black Cherry, and Berry flavors.
Do you have any big plans for ringing in the new year? You can find more entertaining and drink ideas made with DASANI Sparkling Water on this Pinterest board.