Sweet, tart, and tangy, this beautiful drink is refreshing and a great way to keep cool. Add club soda or vodka for another twisted idea.
Do you ever get a wild and crazy idea in your head that you just can’t seem to shake? Possibly like wanting to use blackberries in early January? Oh, okay, good. I was worried I was the only one there for a second. I bring you, the tangy and sweet concoction of blackberry lemonade. A wonderful summer drink I decided to make in the dead of winter. Hey, it is 100 degrees somewhere, right?
In full disclosure the blackberries at my local grocer are not all that flavorful in January but I loved this drink just the same. I can’t wait to make it again when the berries are in season and at their plumpest and sweetest!
This recipe is super simple and only has 5 ingredients. In terms of substitutions, you could definitely switch out the fresh berries for frozen but there is no replacement for fresh squeezed lemon juice. Work your arm muscles! That’s somehow a new years resolution right? Squeeze those lemons!
While I enjoy this recipe as is, I did have a couple ways to pump up the volume a little if that’s what you desire:
- Add club soda for a fizz
- Steep mint leaves in with the syrup as well (remove before blending and garnish with a mint leaf)
- Use as a mix-in with your favorite adult beverage
- Freeze for ice cubes in club soda (or a favorite soda)
I hope those ideas kick start your creativity! But if you’re a lemonade purist like me, no worries, follow the recipe and pour me a glass.
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- juice of 7 lemons
- 6 cups of water
- 12 oz blackberries
- 1 cup evaporated cane juice
- 1 cup water
- lemon slices
- fresh blackberries
- In a large pitcher mix lemon and water, set aside. (pitcher needs to be able to hold at least 3 liters)
- In a medium sauce pan combine blackberries, water, and cane juice. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and liquid comes to a light simmer.
- Turn stove heat off and let berries steep in syrup for 5-8 minutes.
- Using a stick blender (or a stand blender) blend the berries and syrup together till smooth. Strain berry syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove any remaining seeds. (Should yield a little over two cups of syrup).
- Slowly add a half cup at a time of the syrup to the lemon water until reaching the desired sweetness level. (I won't lie to you, I used all the syrup)
- Chill. Serve over ice garnished with lemon slices and fresh black berries.
- *Would also be great served with club soda, mint, or even with a liquor of choice.