Blackberry Jalapeno Smash in a glass with ice.

Blackberry Jalapeno Smash

I recently restocked my syrups shelf in the fridge so I have found myself enjoying a variety of drinks. Blackberry Jalapeno Smash is one of the mocktails I have found myself making during the COVID isolation. There is not much I can do to defuse my anxiety. One trick that seems to work for me is to focus on cooking.

Eating well and drinking well has become an important part of my daily routine. On most days, it is a welcome distraction for me to focus on building memorable flavors on my plate or in my cup. Since I don’t imbibe alcohol, I have to be creative when it comes to crafting drinks. I am not a fan of mocktails that don’t have a depth of flavor. A drink, alcoholic or not, should not be a mere vessel for sugar into the bloodstream.

A glass of blackberry jalapeno smash mocktail with ice.

One thing I love about this drink is the range it has. The jalapeno syrup in this drink is layered with the pungent herbiness of the celery seeds and heat from the jalapeno. This adds a good balance to the fruitiness of the blackberry. The basil rounds out the delight without being overpowering.

If you are someone that likes your drinks smooth, it is possible to strain this before serving it. However, I find that layering the ice of the blackberry on the bottom provides a lovely filtration system. Of course, I just love how pretty the color transition looks in the glass.

Candied Jalapeno in Syrup

A spicy treat that's perfect for making drinks. Or adding a spot of sweet heat in grilled cheese and salads.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: jalapeno


  • 1 Large Jalapeno Sliced
  • 1/2 tsp Celery Seed
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar


  • Boil the apple cider vinegar, celery seed and sugar on low heat until the sugar dissolves
  • Add the jalapeno slices into the syrup and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Retrieve the jalapeno slices and put them into a clean jar.
  • Reduce the syrup by a third. Pour hot syrup over the jalapeno slices carefully. Cover and let it cool down.

Blackberry Jalapeno Smash

A refreshing non-alcoholic drink with fresh blackberry, jalapeno syrup, and sparkling water.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Keyword: blackberry, celery seeds, jalapeno, sparkling water, thai basil
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Sinmi


  • 4 Fresh or Frozen Blackberries
  • 1 tsp Jalapeno Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Simple Syrup
  • 1 Basil Leaf
  • 4 oz Sparkling Water Chilled
  • Ice


  • Add the blackberries into a cup. Tear in the basil leaf. Smash the blackberries into a mash.
  • Add in the jalapeno syrup and simple syrup. Stir.
  • Top of the blackberry mixture with ice. Pour in sparkling water.
a muddler in a glass cup with basil and balckberry. There is a cut orange and basil leaves around it.

Craving Water

a muddler in a glass cup with basil and balckberry. There is a cut orange and basil leaves around it.

For a while there I was without a water bottle. I had used the same glass bottle for a few years and not the top was faulty. I went from always having a bottle of water handy to constantly being thirsty. In my quest to find what will quench my thirst this winter, I made Blackberry Basil water

This winter, as I have stared focusing more on what I put in my body, water has become a priority. I replaced that faulty bottle with a slick black silicon bottle. It was cheap and beautiful so it felt right in the moment.

a glass cup with smash blackberry on the bottom. the glass is filled with ice and sparkling water. A sprig of basil sits on the rim.

The thing though is that no matter how beautiful the bottle, I still feel like I am not drinking enough winter. Sometimes I catch myself just before I go to bed at night feeling parched and thirsty. I get out of bed for that one long gulp of water to see me through hibernation.

I think I need to become more deliberate about my hydration. The other day I made this flavored water. As you might know from the way I talk about food, I love to smell thing on their way to my mouth. This blackberry basil water is no different. The color is beautiful and the smell is divine. I was skeptical using blackberry in the middle of winter. But, I found that punnet that was shipped from Mexico so my conscience was assuaged enough to buy it.

Anyway, consider this a PSA for you to drink more water. Don’t let yourself be parched and wrinkled from dehydration.