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A Summer Seltzer Drink

July 21, 2011

Summertime in Virginia means one thing: big hair. Even that’s a bit of an understatement… HUGE -humidity-newswoman hair is more accurate. The last thing I want to drink in the summer is something warm or heavy. I was excited to see the Recipe Redux theme for July, summer beverages, and I knew exactly what to whip up.

Seltzer water is my go-to base for any drink, including the after 5 pm variety. While both tonic and soda water provide the bubbly base, soda water is calorie free while 8 ounces of tonic tops off at about  75 calories. If you’re having 1 tonic water a day, it can easily fit into your discretionary calories, but when you’re downing tonic as  a water replacement, you’ve got a calorie surplus on your hands.

I wanted to keep this recipe light and clean tasting using ingredients that I could mostly find in my back yard. I also wanted an excuse to use the newly potted Stevia plant and pick the blackberry abundance.  But the best recipes come from certain constraints and so we begin…

Mint Berry Seltzer

  • 3 stevia leaves, chopped -or the sweetener of your choice
  • juice of half a lemon
  • 1/4 C berries (Raspberries, Blackberries, Wineberries work best)
  • 8 oz seltzer water
  • 1 palmful mint leaves, roughly chopped
  • 3 ice cubes

We had help from the lawn tiger, of course.
When mixing your drink, I suggest adding the berries, stevia, mint, and lemon juice to the glass first. Next, slowly pour the seltzer over the top and mix with a spoon.
Summer chill in a glass. To muddle or not to muddle? That’s YOUR decision!
The berries and stevia add sweetness while the lemon and mint brighten your beverage. Much more refreshing than a can of soda with the benefit of antioxidants and clean ingredients. Looking for a cocktail? Try adding vodka or gin to the mix.
Here are more beverage recipes from Recipe Redux-ers:
Stay hydrated!
20 Comments leave one →
  1. July 21, 2011 10:15 AM

    First off, love the first sentence of this post (and the cute kitty!) Such a pretty drink – thanks for being a part of Recipe ReDux!

  2. July 21, 2011 2:13 PM

    So simple, I love it! Looks like a delicious refresher on a hot day!

  3. July 21, 2011 2:35 PM

    So cool even the cat can’t resist. I love this recipe, grew up in Maryland but now am farther south. Don’t remember the big hair, but I keep mine a bit shorter.

    • July 21, 2011 3:26 PM

      Glad you like the recipe! Thanks for checking it out. As for the hair- it needs its own term. The Virginia poof.

  4. July 21, 2011 3:57 PM

    i’m with you in virginia with big hair… and could go for a glass of your drink now! love that you used stevia leaves. thanks for sharing…

  5. July 21, 2011 5:46 PM

    Stevia plant? I need one of those! Lovely summer drink 🙂

    • July 21, 2011 6:29 PM

      The stevia plant is a fun kitchen herb addition! I was surprised how sweet it is- but again fab for drinks.

  6. July 21, 2011 11:31 PM

    Love the cat photo, and I lived in Virginia for 2 summers so I get what your talking about with the big hair thing! Your mint berry seltzer looks fabulous!

  7. July 22, 2011 7:31 AM

    A few weeks ago when I was at my local farmers’ market, the “herb” lady was handing out little tastes of stevia. I could not believe the sweetness of my one little bite. I’ve been itching to use the leaves in a recipe .. and now I know just what to make. Thanks for your Recipe Redux post!

  8. July 22, 2011 9:52 AM

    I need to get a Stevia plant! What a great idea. Your drink sounds so refreshing…and that cat is adorable!

  9. July 22, 2011 3:34 PM

    All these summer drink recipes are amazing!! How refreshing and perfect for summer!

  10. July 22, 2011 10:10 PM

    Wow Carlene, stevia plant. Haven’t heard of this as yet in Australia. But I’m off to source. How else have you used the leaves?

    • July 23, 2011 8:09 AM

      I’ve done stevia leaves in tea…hot or cold. I’m planning on making a simple syrup from them for super easy use. Also I bet you could toss some in a fruit salad.

  11. July 24, 2011 6:59 AM

    Carlene, This is great! Love that you have your own stevia plant {jealous}. And so good that you point out the pitfalls of tonic. It’s a calorie sabotage! So glad to have you in The ReDux.

  12. July 24, 2011 9:50 PM

    This drink looks so refreshing.
    I love adding mint into summer drinksl Yum!

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    August 3, 2011 12:37 PM

    Looks like a wonderful refreshing drink. 🙂

  14. January 8, 2012 4:53 AM

    Hey there just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The words in your article seem to be running off the screen in Ie. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I thought I’d post to let you know. The design and style look great though! Hope you get the problem fixed soon. Kudos

    • January 8, 2012 6:39 PM

      Thanks for stopping by! I think you may be experiencing a browser problem. I just checked the post and formatting is fine on my screen. Thanks for letting me know.


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