Yesterday my mom visited me for the first time since we’ve moved. I couldn’t tell if she was more excited to see me and my new place or to meet Ozzie (her grand-dog) for the first time. Let’s be real – it was probably Ozzie.
She arrived around noon so before we started our day, Matt and I had planned a nice little panini lunch with a summery blackberry lemonade. And yes, I realize it’s not really summer anymore (well, technically Autumn doesn’t start until tomorrow), but hey, it’s California.
I’ve been on a lemonade craze lately and have been playing with all sorts of flavor combinations. Lemonade is pretty easy to experiment with as long as you have the base down. Adding the other flavors is the fun part!
Like I said, the base is easy: water, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Matt picked up a bunch of blackberries at the farmer’s market yesterday, so I pureed a cup of them to add to our lemonade.
Instead of using tap water to help dilute the lemonade mixture, I added sparkling water to give it a little extra zing. Oh, and I always add fresh mint to my lemonade. There’s something about the fresh mint and lemon combination that I love oh-so-much.
A summery lemonade with fresh blackberries.
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- Zest of one lemon
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 1 cup blackberries
- 2 cups cold sparkling water
- Fresh mint sprigs and a few blackberries for garnish
- Ice cubes for serving
- Bring water and sugar to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer and stir occasionally until all sugar has dissolved.
- Add lemon zest. Stir and remove from heat. Let cool completely on counter or in refrigerator. Using a steel mesh colander, strain the liquid into a pitcher for serving.
- Using a food processor or blender, puree blackberries. Add pureed blackberries and lemon juice to pitcher.
- When ready to serve, add sparkling water to pitcher and stir. Fill serving glasses with ice, pour juice over ice, and top with a few sprigs of fresh mint and blackberries.
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