Sweet blueberry and bright grapefruit combine with earthy rosemary for a refreshing Blueberry Grapefruit Mocktail that’s alcohol free.
Blueberries are naturally sweet and pair so well with any kind of citrus. How sweet your drink is will vary based on the citrus you choose. Shaking up blueberry syrup with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice creates a drink that’s not too sweet and not too sour.
Did you know that Michigan is the third largest producer of blueberries in the country? Most of our blueberries are grown in southwest Michigan where the plants like the naturally sandy soil.
Using fresh herbs in mocktails is a great way to add a depth of flavor, especially when you move away from traditional mint. Rosemary and thyme are two of my favorite herbs to use in drinks because they have their own unique flavors and pair well with a variety of fruits, yet are familiar enough to our taste buds that people are comfortable trying them in a drink.
While not always interchangeable, fresh thyme is a great alternative in this mocktail if you don’t like rosemary or don’t have any on hand.
- Blueberry syrup
- A grapefruit
- Club soda
- Fresh rosemary
How to Make a Blueberry Grapefruit Mocktail
Fill a glass with ice. Set aside.
Place a piece of rosemary in a cocktail shaker and muddle it slightly to break it up.
Fill the shaker with ice. Add blueberry syrup and grapefruit juice. Shake well.
Strain into your prepared glass. Top with club soda.
Garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary, slice of grapefruit, and/or fresh blueberries.
Making Blueberry Syrup
With just 3 ingredients, homemade Blueberry Simple Syrup is easy to make at home and tastes better than any store bought syrup.
FAQs and Tips on Blueberry Grapefruit Mocktails
A mocktail is a drink that has several ingredients but doesn’t include alcohol - a mock-cocktail. They’re also referred to as “virgin drinks” or “virgin cocktails.” Mocktails are great for those skipping alcohol for any reason. They’re also fun for kids and teens who want a more “grown up” style drink.
Muddling is when you use a muddler tool or wooden spoon to press down on ingredients - usually herbs or citrus - to break them up and release their natural oils and juices. This puts more flavor into your drink and allows that flavor to be distributed better because it’s getting shaken or stirred into the drink.
There are several brands of blueberry syrup that you can find at specialty grocery stores, but the best tasting blueberry syrup is the one you make yourself! My 3 ingredient blueberry simple syrup recipe is easy to make and keeps for 2-3 weeks in the refrigerator.
There are only 4 ingredients in this drink, so get a grapefruit and squeeze the juice yourself. It’s quick to do and worth the effort.
Plain or grapefruit flavored sparkling water is a delicious substitute for club soda if you don’t have any on hand, or are watching your sodium intake.
If you don’t have/can’t find fresh rosemary, swap it out for fresh thyme or fresh mint. Whichever you choose, make sure it’s a fresh herb. Don’t use dried herbs in this drink.