Blueberry Garden

The blueberries give this summery non-alcoholic concoction a deep purple hue and the rosemary adds a sophisticated depth.

June 12, 2024 | | Drinks

“Bars and restaurants are fast realizing that we need to offer patrons something sophisticated that isn’t just juice or soda,” says Brittany Pierson, the front-of-house manager at Mono Cliffs Inn in Mono Centre. “Earlier this year we noticed a lot of our guests were doing Dry January and Dry February, so we had a lot of fun coming up with new and interesting drinks without using any alcohol.”

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The Cliffs’ new mainstay is the Blueberry Garden, says Brittany, a certified sommelier who curates the restaurant’s wine list and quarterly tasting dinners. “We take fresh rosemary, muddle it with fresh blueberries and lemon syrup made in-house, and top it with sparkling water. And of course, when it’s served in a beautiful glass it tastes even better.”

Read more about this summer’s hottest zero-proof sips at Make Mine a Mocktail, in our Summer 2024 issue.

Blueberry Garden

Recipe submitted by: Mono Cliffs Inn ( Visit Website )


  • 8 blueberries 
  • 1 sprig of rosemary, stripped
  • 1 oz lemon simple syrup (instructions at right)
  • 1 oz lemon juice 
  • sparkling water 
  • 1 spring rosemary, not stripped, and blueberries to garnish (optional)
  • ½ cup sugar 
  • ½ cup lemon juice (about 3 lemons)
  • lemon zest
  • Combine the sugar, lemon juice and zest into a small pot over medium heat until the mixture comes to a soft boil. Reduce the heat until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens slightly. Strain the mixture and it’s ready to use.


  1. In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle together blueberries, rosemary and lemon syrup.
  2. Add lemon juice and ice and shake until cold.
  3. Strain into a glass with ice and top with sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with a small sprig of rosemary and extra blueberries, if desired.

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