Blackberry Hibiscus Spritzer with Tarragon by Snixy Kitchen
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Serve up this blackberry hibiscus spritzer that’s both refreshing and memorable for your Father’s Day BBQ or summer entertaining. Whether you’ve got a dad/husband who prefers creative drinks over beer (that’s mine!) or you just want to serve up a chilled summer non-alcoholic beverage that’s more exciting than soda or plain iced tea – this spritzer fits the bill. Though, a splash of sparkling wine in place of the sparkling water would be delicious too if that’s more your speed.
Start with chilled hibiscus tea – brewed using the perfect temperature of water from the adjustable temperature kettle – poured over cocktail ice cubes. Add homemade tarragon simple syrup. Muddle together fresh blackberries, tarragon, and lime juice, then strain it into the cocktail glass. Top it all off with a splash of sparkling water and a quick stir of the spinning bar spoon that will keep your ice from chipping while you mix. Find the full recipe on Snixy Kitchen!
If you’re planning to make more than a couple drinks, here are my tips for serving up fancy mocktails or cocktails like this one for larger occasions without spending too much time behind the bar away from your friends and family!
- Use a jigger for quick measuring and keep a list of your ratios nearby. I think of the jigger as the kitchen scale for bartenders – once you’ve developed the perfect ratio, why not save time by measuring quickly?
- To make lots of perfect cocktail ice cubes, you don’t need a chest freezer with a dozen trays. Instead, you can pop frozen cubes out and store them in a sealable freezer bag and refill your tray. Repeat until you’ve got enough for a party!
- For tea-based drinks like this one, brew and chill a batch of tea in advance.
- Make your simple syrups in advance and store them in the chef’s squeeze bottles that you can measure out in the jigger to whip up drinks to order lickety-split. You can even make multiple syrups, which will increase your drink menu options with just a simple herb swap! To do so quickly, I make a big batch of plain simple syrup, then divide it over three or four flavors to steep. Try mint, vanilla bean, or even ginger simple syrup to let your guests mix and match flavors.
- Juice a lot of citrus quickly and cleanly using the SteeL citrus juicer that juices, captures the seeds and pulp, and measures the juice all in one swoop.
- If your drink requires muddling fruit like this one, you can “muddle” a large batch using the one stop chop manual food processor, then divide it out using the jigger.
- Finally, store your garnishes in respective GreenSavers to keep them fresh longer.
In addition to the refreshing mocktail spritzer pictured here, here are a few other combinations to spark your creativity. I’d love to hear your unique summer spritzer recipe ideas in the comments below too!
- Blackberry Hibiscus Spritzer with Tarragon (that’s this one!)
- Lavender Earl Grey and Blueberry Spritzer
- Ginger Peach Mint Spritzer
- Cherry Cocoa Nib Spritzer
- Pomegranate Sage Spritzer
Head over to Snixy Kitchen to see more pictures of this blackberry hibiscus spritzer and get the full recipe!