Bramble & Blossom: Blackberry and Elderflower Crush

One of the simple pleasures of a quintessential British summer is the abundant treasure trove of wild ripe blackberries, awaiting discovery amidst the local brambles.  And what better way to celebrate the arrival of these sweet, plump, dusky gems than mixing up a glass of Blackberry and Elderflower Crush.

Bright and refreshing, this mocktail has the perfect balance of tangy tartness, juicy goodness, and a touch of fragrant blossom.  

All you need is a blender, and the patience to pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to create a velvety smooth juice.  No fancy mixology tricks needed here.

It’s easy to prepare and easier to drink: unpretentious, relaxed, and full of flavor.

Serves 1
Preparation time: 15 mins


  • 2 oz. (60 g) blackberries (approx. 7-8 berries)
  • 1 oz. (30 ml) apple juice
  • ½ oz. (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice (approx. ½ lemon)
  • ½ oz. (15 ml) elderflower cordial
  • 3 oz. (90 ml) soda water or sparkling water
  • Ice

To garnish:

  • 2 blackberries
  • Sprig of mint


  • Blender
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Jigger or measuring spoons
  • Citrus juicer
  • Cocktail spoon
  • Highball glass


  1. Use a blender to blend the blackberries, apple juice, lemon juice, and elderflower cordial until smooth.
  2. Pass the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any solids.  Reserve the juice.
  3. Pour the juice into a highball glass.
  4. Fill with ice and top with soda water.
  5. Use a cocktail spoon to gently mix the ingredients together.
  6. Garnish with 2 blackberries and a sprig of fresh mint.

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Blackberry and Elderflower Crush FAQ

Can I use frozen blackberries instead of fresh ones?
Yes, you can use frozen blackberries if fresh ones are not available.  Just remember to thaw them before blending with the rest of the ingredients.

Can I substitute the apple juice with another type of juice?
Absolutely.  While apple juice complements the elderflower and blackberry flavors, you can experiment with other fruit juices like pear, white grape and even orange juice if you prefer.

Where can I buy elderflower cordial?
Elderflower cordial, also known as elderflower syrup, should be readily available in specialty food stores and online.  

What can I use as a substitute for elderflower cordial?
If you can’t find elderflower cordial, you can substitute it with any fragrant or floral syrups.  Alternatively, you could use orange blossom extract mixed with simple syrup (1:1 part water and sugar) to achieve a similar floral character.  Start with a small amount, as the extract can be very strong, and adjust to your preferences.

Do I have to strain the mixture through a sieve?
Straining the mixture helps remove any solids to achieve smooth consistency.  If you don’t mind a more rustic texture, you can skip this step.

Can I make the juice ahead of time?
Yes, you can prepare the blackberry, apple, lemon, and elderflower mixture in advance and store it in the refrigerator for up to two days until needed.  When you are ready to mix the final drink, make sure that you give it a stir before pouring it into the glass.

Can I make a larger batch of this drink for a party or gathering?
Yes.  You can scale up the quantities of the ingredients to make a larger batch.  The mocktail can be mixed in a punch bowl or serving jug.  Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnished with blackberries and mint.

Can I omit the soda water and serve it as a mocktail?
If you prefer a more concentrated, non-carbonated version of the mocktail, you can omit the soda water from the recipe.

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