Sparkling Blackberry Mint Aguas Frescas

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The holiday parties are here and that means cocktails are in abundance. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good cocktail. However, with the girls in tow, I like to keep myself busy with a fun mocktail.

Mocktails tend to contain a lot of calories (heck, so do regular cocktails!). So I find Aguas Frescas to be an awesome way to skip all the unneeded calories and still have a fun colorful drink to sip on. If I am really in the party mood, I will even add a sugared rim to my glass.

Sparkling Blackberry Mint Aguas Frescas via www.thenovicechefblog.com

For this particular drink, I used some bright Driscoll’s Blackberries and fresh mint I have growing on my porch in my pallet herb garden.

I know most people aren’t as lucky to have such mild winters as we do in Florida, so I love that Driscoll’s is able to bring fresh berries to everyone through all the seasons! And because I love bubbles, I served it with my favorite sparkling water from Whole Foods.

Sparkling Blackberry Mint Aguas Frescas via www.thenovicechefblog.com

The wonderful part about this drink is the possibilities of flavor combinations. I grew up drinking this Mexican specialty in Texas and we always used some kind of fresh berries or fruit. You can also puree the berries/fruit if you prefer more flavor. Sparkling or flat water both work great and you can also always skip the sugar as well!

Sparkling Blackberry Mint Aguas Frescas

Ingredients:

  • 1 pint Driscoll’s blackberries
  • 1 bottle sparkling water
  • 1 small handful fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher and add 6 cups ice. Serve immediately.To fancy this drink up for entertaining, you can always serve it with a sugared rim!

Disclosure: I was compensated to create this recipe via the Kitchen PLAY network on behalf of Whole Foods and Driscoll’s. However, as always, all opinions are my own.