June 5, 2013

Blackberry Mint Lemonade

Ugh. This is one of those posts that makes me ashamed of my photography. You've got to go see the original, there's a link below. It would be helpful if I owned a pitcher that wasn't opaque plastic!! I am officially on the hunt for a pretty glass pitcher. A picture of a glass all by itself is just NOT that awesome. Oh well. It's still yummy enough to share immediately, instead of waiting to buy a pitcher and make it again!!

Blackberry Mint Lemonade (inspired by Savory Sweet Life)
Printable Recipe

1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
5 cups cold water
1 cup granulated sugar
18(ish) fresh mint leaves, rinsed and roughly chopped
2 cups fresh or frozen blackberries

Combine 1 cup of water with the sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and boil and stir for about 5 minutes, until all the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat, add the mint leaves, and stir a few times. Let cool.

Place blackberries in a blender. Set a wire strainer over the top of the blender, and pour the cooled mint sugar syrup through the strainer. Pulse this berry mixture in your blender a few times on low speed, just to break the berries up a bit, not to smoothie them. :)

Pour the blackberry mixture in a large pitcher. Add the remaining 4 cups of water and the lemon juice. Taste it!! For us, it was perfect right here, but you can add a bit of sugar, or a bit more juice or water, to get it just right. Serve over ice cubes, garnish with mint (optional).
I must be honest, this is my new favorite lemonade. Seriously. I made it with out-of-season berries, and it was STILL awesome! I haven't tried it with frozen berries yet, but I can't wait to make it again during blackberry season! Mmm, sweet, warm, summery blackberries, perfectly balanced with tart lemonade. The mint is heavenly, a refreshing note that gets even better the colder the lemonade is!
The little blackberry bits may not be conducive to straws, but I think they're lovely. And so yummy to bite into a few! You can, of course, filter them out, if that idea isn't appealing. But you'll be missing out! Next time an occasion calls for lemonade, this is a must-try, I promise!


  1. Sounds YUMMY! Cant wait to try it!
    Lori @ Jasmine Brook

    1. I hope you do! Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Looks tasty April! I love blackberries and I love lemonade. The two together . . . genius! I bought myself some chocolate mint the other day. Thinking now about how I can use it. It smells heavenly! Love you my dear sweet friend! xxoo

  3. Yum...this looks delicious and perfect for summer! This would be perfect to link up to my Create It Thursday post..it's live now! http://www.lambertslately.com/2013/06/create-it-thursday-5-plus-features.html

  4. This looks delicious!

    And I love this pitcher:
    Simple, but still quite interesting.

    1. That pitcher really is lovely! I kind of imagine wine or something fancy in it...


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