Spiriteds, have you every combined blueberries and ginger together for something amazing? And then mixed that combo in with some lime-flavored sparkling water? Because I totally did that recently, and basically blew my own socks off. Where has that combo/trio been all my life? My feet are firmly planted in summer right now, and I’m soaking up every sunny moment I can. Because this Iowa girl needs her sun wherever she can get it. However, when the weather starts to cool again, I will be finding every excuse to pair blueberries and ginger together. So, this Blueberry Sparkling Water recipe? Yep, I totally added ginger to it. And I will be doing that again, like, the very next time I drink this.
If you caught the previous recipe for the equally-delicious Blackberry Lemon Sparkling Water recipe, then, one, you know I’m currently on a sparkling water kick and can’t be stopped, and, two, delicious flavor combos come in all forms. And what is right and good and thirst-quenching can’t be tamped down. Nope, we’re going full steam ahead into this, Spiriteds. Okay, fine. I’M going full steam ahead, and there is room on this train of amazingness for all of us.
If you want to catch up on this sparkling water kick and a few tasty practices, then check out the Blackberry Lemon Sparkling Water recipe. The Cliff Notes version is this:
- I don’t add sugar. But, yes, you can. Think stevia or a minuscule splash of agave nectar.
- Yes, you can use frozen fruit. It may not be as sweet, however it should certainly be thirst-quenching.
- Yes, you can mix and match your flavors. While I used blueberry and ginger in this recipe, paired with lime sparkling water, The Spruce Eats’ post, A Flavor Guide to Pairing Fruits in Drinks, sheds more light on what flavors go together best.
- No, I don’t store my beverage for any length of time. Blueberry Sparkling Water and it’s cohorts taste best straight out of the gate, especially if you are using fresh fruit.
And you might be wondering, is this stuff sweet? Nope, not really. It is definitely more on the sour side. Sourer? Is that a word? Well, whatever the word is, it’s not exactly sweet. Bitter, maybe? But Blueberry Sparkling Water is so absolutely enjoyable, though. That is, if you don’t mind a smack to the tastebuds while you pucker away. It may look sweet, but this summer refreshment packs a surprise flavor not easily forgotten. And the taste is so satisfying you’ll appreciate the memory.
- 12 oz. can lime or lemon-flavored sparkling water
- Handful of fresh blueberries
- Ice cubes
- Dash of cinnamon or cardamom
- Fill glass about ⅓ full of ice cubes.
- Pour sparkling water over ice cubes and then top with blueberries.
- Stir in cinnamon or cardamom.
- This drink is best enjoyed chilled and just after making.