Total Time
Prep 8 mins
Cook 30 mins

Bay leaves lend this spritzer a spicy fragrance that offsets the sweetness of the blueberries and plums. MAKE AHEAD: The syrup can be refrigerated for 1 week. NOTES Variation: Pour 2 tablespoons of the berry syrup into a Champagne flute and top with Champagne.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 5 cups water
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, ripe
  • 3 black plums, ripe (pitted and cut into eighths)
  • 8 fresh bay leaves or 8 dried bay leaves, plus extra for garnish
  • 14 cup sugar, plus
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 8 cups club soda, cold (for serving)


  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add the blueberries, plums, 8 bay leaves and sugar, cover and boil over high heat, stirring, until the juice is reduced to about 3 cups and the plums are tender, about 20 minutes. Strain the mixture though a fine sieve, pressing lightly with a spatula to extract the juice; reserve the bay leaves. Return the juice to the pan, add the reserved bay leaves and simmer over moderate heat until reduced to 2 cups, about 10 minutes. Discard the bay leaves; let the syrup cool.
  2. For each drink, gently whisk 1/4 cup of the plum-blueberry syrup into 1 cup of cold club soda, pour into a glass, garnish with a bay leaf and serve.
Most Helpful

An excellent cooling beverage. Mine didn't reduce by time stated but I stuck around until it did. ZWT3

Julie B's Hive June 29, 2007

Wow! This is delicious! I used berries that I had frozen in the summer time to make this delicious drink. My 6 year old could not get enough of it! The combination of blueberries, plums and the bay leaves is surprisingly delicous! Next time I will make more and try adding some rum.....or vodka....yummo! Thanks Cheryl!

~Leslie~ February 23, 2007

Yeah, what Thorsten said! I made this fro ZWTII & it is awesome! Antioxidant heaven. It did take longer to reduce thank stated. Maybe I should have cranked the heat. No big. Great recipe, Cheryl!

Elmotoo June 20, 2006