Blackberry Lavender Soda
Fresh blackberries simmered in culinary lavender make an aromatic syrup for this blackberry lavender soda. The heavenly combination of fruity and floral flavors captures summertime in an ice-cold drink. It's quick and easy to make at home and extra syrup can be stored in the fridge for up to a week!
This recipe was originally published in 2012. We've updated the post with some new photos and more information, but we've left the delicious recipe exactly the same.
There's nothing like a cold drink on a hot day! This refreshing, ice-cold blackberry lavender soda is everything you never knew you needed. With fresh, ripe blackberries and dried lavender, it's lightly botanical and perfectly sweet.
There's no alcohol in this mocktail, making it sinless for sipping any time of day. It's easy to make the syrup ahead of time so that all you have to do is pour some into a glass and top it with soda when the time comes. It's versatile too; try blueberries or elderberries for a different but equally delicious take.
Blackberry lavender soda ingredients
You'll need just a few ingredients to make this refreshing blackberry lavender soda:
- Blackberries – fresh, ripe blackberries are oh-so-sweet.
- Water – is used to make the syrup.
- Sugar – adds sweetness to the syrup.
- Dried lavender flowers – for their lovely floral flavor.
- Soda water – top it off with some sparkle.
We love making this fruity drink in summer when blackberry season is in full swing. Watch for them to appear growing wildly along trails, at farmer's markets, or stocked in the produce section at your grocery store. If blackberries aren't available in your local area, try blueberries or elderberries!
How to make blackberry lavender soda
This mild-tasting soda has just a hint of lavender in the background; it is very subtle. The syrup is not very sweet so if you like sweeter soda, add more sugar. It's so easy to make at home in just a few simple steps:
- Grab your pot and combine the blackberries, water, sugar, and lavender. Heat it so the sugar dissolves.
- Once the sugar dissolves, reduce the heat to a slow simmer while you break up the berries with the back of a spoon.
- Now, let it cool. Strain it using the fine-mesh sieve to remove the blackberry seeds. At this point you can store it in an air-tight container or jar in the fridge for at least a week.
- When you're ready to serve it, add the blackberry lavender syrup to a glass and top it with plain soda.
Note: this makes 1 cup of blackberry lavender syrup. We like to use ¼ cup of syrup with 1 cup of soda water.
Full recipe instructions are in the recipe card below.
How to serve blackberry lavender soda
This blackberry mocktail is the most refreshing, non-alcoholic drink for every occasion. You can make the syrup ahead of time so it's easy to mix up drinks in the moment – just make sure to save a few blackberries for garnish! It's visually pretty to serve and we love sipping it at:
- Wedding showers
- Baby showers
- Birthday parties (kids and teens love it, too!)
- Dinner parties
- On a sunny patio
- Backyard BBQ's
- At a picnic
- Pizza night
We also love the syrup drizzled over vanilla ice cream or our heavenly lavender lemon angel food cake.
Lavender blackberry soda: FAQS
Yes! Try making the syrup with blueberries for a different but delicious spin.
Yes, frozen berries work great!
Fresh lavender flowers can work in a pinch but culinary lavender is ideal as it uses just the bud which has lovely floral notes.
Other popular refreshing drinks
- Orange Creamsicle Smoothie
- Winter Detox Orange Turmeric Smoothie
- Green Breakfast Smoothie
- Mango Smoothie
Blackberry Lavender Soda
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- 2 cups blackberries
- 1 cup water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
- In a medium pot, combine the blackberries, water, sugar, and lavender. Bring to a boil over high heat, and stir to dissolve the sugar.2 cups blackberries, 1 cup water, ½ cup granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
- Reduce the heat to medium or medium-low and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Mash the berries with a spoon then continue to simmer for another 5 minutes.
- Remove the pot from the heat and let the syrup cool slightly. Use a fine-mesh sieve to strain the berries and lavender from the syrup, making sure to press the berries against the strainer to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the blueberries and lavender. Refrigerate the syrup in a covered container for up to 5 days.
- Add ¼ cup of the blackberry lavender syrup to a glass with ice then add 1 cup of plain soda water.