Blackberry Lemonade

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Summer evenings are made for living.  The sun stays out an extra few hours, just to be an extra good sport.  The evenings last forever, with cool, fragrant breezes begging you to come outside and sit on the porch.  Friends laugh and talk to each other as they work in their gardens.  Life is sweet.

This Blackberry Lemonade is made for porch sitting and visiting.  Pour yourself a great big, icy glass and watch the cars go by.  Summer is made for long nights and even longer visits. 🙂

What are we waiting for?  Let’s do this!

Blackberry Lemonade

Ingredients:

2 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen– either is fine)

2 cups water

1/2 cup sugar

2 Lemons, juiced

Directions:

Bring all ingredients to a simmer until berries are soft and sugar has completely dissolved.  Mash the berries with a potato masher and serve over ice.

Easy peasy! 🙂  Let’s look at the process in pictures.

Have you ever had a glass of iced tea or lemonade, and when you got to the bottom of the cup there was that weird “shifting sugary sands of time” thing going on?  Ick.  Sweet drinks that have the grainy “thang” going on are drinks that have been mixed, cold, without letting the sugar be boiled into a syrup before adding.

Save yourself some trouble– and the “Arabian Nights” thing going on with the sugar, and boil your ingredients for a few minutes, first.  To do this, bring your ingredients to a slow simmering boil for a few minutes and allow it to cool down slightly before serving.  You will have glossy, gorgeous lemonade with no “shifting sands” at the bottom.  😉  I honestly like to add it warm to a glass of ice, because it seems to make the drink the perfect sweetness as the ice melts a little bit.

So the directions are simple.  PUT EVERYTHING INTO A POT.  Yep. That’s about as hard as it gets.  Bring your mixture to a lightly bubbling simmer for 1-2 minutes or until the berries get nice and soft.

At that point use a potato masher to smoosh up the berries a little bit.  This just helps the juice to mix more evenly into the lemonade.

Blackberry Lemonade

Grab yourself a few glasses and a pitcher of deeeeelicious lemonade.  Of course, some strawberries and cream scones always complement perfectly.  But that’s just my sweet tooth’s opinion.  😉

Blackberry Lemonade

But I think any drink this beautiful deserves to be escorted to the ball with a snack. 😉

Blackberry Lemonade

Why not take your lovely, jeweled beverage outside on the porch.  Listen to the crickets chirping.  Rock a little bit in your rocking chair.  Feel the soft summer breeze in your hair.  Summer really is grand, isn’t it?

You did it, and I’m just so proud of you.

 

 


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