Fresh Blackberry Lemonade

You may wonder what became of those 3 lbs of blackberries that we picked along with those tasty peaches (I did mention we picked blackberries, didn’t I? The pick-your-own farm we went to had giant patches of them. Despite the berries being on their last legs, and once you got past the insanely huge and scary Junebugs, there was quite the mini-bounty of berries.) Most of them went into some jam. But I found myself with a few handfuls left. Not enough for anything significant, like more jam or a pie, but I couldn’t bare to see these plump delicious berries go to waste.

Oh Twitter, how I love thee. You are the new Google. A quick tweet brought back a myriad of ideas. Berries and cream. Almond cake. Sorbet. Inhale whole. All great ideas. But one struck a cord, and I headed downstairs immediately to make some.

Blackberry lemonade. So simple. So perfect. So refreshing.

Taylor “enhanced” his with a splash of vodka. That works too.

Fresh Blackberry Lemonade

Makes 4-6 servings. Adapted from Pinch of Salt.


Ingredients:

3/4 cup raw or cane sugar

3 cups water

2 cups blackberries

3 lemons, juiced

ice


Directions:

In a microwave safe container, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Heat on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir until sugar is dissolved. (Alternatively, you can bring the water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat - but I didn't have that kind of patience). Set aside and allow to cool. Toss an ice cube or two into it if you need to.


Meanwhile, in a large bowl or pitcher, muddle the blackberries with the lemon juice. You want the berries good and smushed, to release as much juice as possible. Pour in sugar syrup, remaining water, a few ice cubes, and stir. Pour over a glass of ice (straining out the blackberry pulp if you prefer). Garnish with a sprig of mint or a slice of lemon and enjoy!


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18 Comments Leave a Comment »

  1. Loving the color! Makes me thirsty just looking at it!

  2. looks delicious! I’ve never used blackeberrries with lemonade but looks like I’ll have to try it!

  3. Hey Lindsay,
    I was scrolling down the foodblogs.com headlines and noticed that we posted our current posts within 2 min. of each other. I think that’s kind of wierd! Anyway, you lemonade looks terrific…I just love blackberries and bet they make this really delicious. That is a very cute glass, too.

  4. Luv this idea! Blackberries have been so good this summer in my part of the world and this is a great quick recipe. Also, the glass is adorable!

  5. here is so many inspirations!

    have a nice time!
    Paula

  6. It sounds so refreshing! And don’t be scared of June Bugs. As a kid we used to catch them, tie a string around their leg and fly them around in circles…it was lots of fun. ( Are my country roots showing?)

  7. Oh my goodness, I love that glass! Vintage?

  8. LOVE this idea. And it’s so beautiful… I can’t just imagine how great it tastes.

    I echo your sentiments — thank goodness for twitter!

  9. I love this! I did the same thing when I picked raspberries. I didn’t want to waste any so I made raspberry lemonade. So good!

  10. YUM! Blackberries are my boyfriend’s favorite berries and he adores lemonade. He’ll love this!

  11. Wowee zowee, that looks good. And the glass is super cute, too!

  12. Twitter is totally the new Google! I get so many of my recipe ideas there :) This lemonade looks SOOO good!

  13. looks refreshing! cool glass too!

  14. YUM! I just made this tonight after seeing it here! I couldn’t wait to make it, and I LOVED IT!!! What a fabulous refreshing summer drink. It reminded me of agua fresca, but a little more flavorful! Thanks for the great recipe, and I love your glass!

    I posted it on my blog too, and gave you some credit! :) http://thecookingvent.blogspot.com/2010/08/refreshing-blackberry-lemonade.html

  15. This looks so cool and refreshing! mmm :)

  16. I have blackberries growing in my back yard, and when I picked the first batch yesterday this was the first thing I thought of. And I must say, dang it was tasty :). Thanks for the wonderful idea, I’ll be making this all season.

  17. I made this and it was SO tasty! Thank you for the recipe! I will be making it ALL Summer long!

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