Blackberry Mint Lemonade

If this glass of refreshingly awesome lemonade doesn’t just scream summer, I don’t know what does.
DSC_0226 Last weekend we spent an entire, very hot, summer day outside doing yard work and playing. I immediately thought that a tall glass of homemade lemonade would be the perfect drink to have sitting on our porch. My mint plant is exploding and I’ve been trying to use mint whenever possible, and I had some blackberries on their last leg. So this lovely lemonade recipe was whipped up. It’s a winner, I’ll certainly be making it many times this summer.

This would be an awesome party or picnic drink this summer. Easy to make in advance and just store in your fridge or cooler. It would also look lovely in a big drink pitcher with lots of lemon slices and blackberries!

for the blackberry syrup, you will need:
1 cup blackberries
2 tablespoons honey
¼ cup water
pinch of cornstarch

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer and cook just until the berries start to slump and soften, about 5 minutes. Use an immersion blender or food processor to blend until smooth. Strain out the seeds. Let cool and store in a jar in the fridge until ready to use. It’s crazy good on yogurt or ice cream as well 🙂

for the lemonade, you will need:
1 cup sugar
5 cups water, divided
6 lemons, juiced (about 1 cup of lemon juice)
sprigs of fresh mint
splash of sparkling water (optional)
1 lemon sliced, for garnish (optional)

To make the simple syrup, combine the sugar and 1 cup of water in a small saucepan set over medium-low heat. Bring to a simmer, but don’t let the water boil. Stir frequently until the sugar is dissolved. Take off the the heat and let cool. Let cool and store in a jar in the fridge until ready to use.

Juice all of your lemons, keeping out the seeds, and set aside. To make life easier, I use this awesome handheld juicer and it makes life so much easier! Combine the lemon juice, simple syrup, 4 cups of water and a few sprigs of mint in a pitcher. Add ice if you will drink it all right away. I suggest just adding ice to glasses when you are ready to pour. Store in the fridge until ready to drink.

When ready to serve, fill glasses with ice. Add a big tablespoon of blackberry syrup, then pour lemonade to fill the glass. If its your jam, add a splash sparkling water to cut the tart sweetness. Add in a sprig of mint and fun straw, and tada! Most refreshing summer drink delivered to your taste buds…you’re welcome.

makes: approximately 8 glasses
time: 15 minutes + cooling time

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