Blackberry Mint Lemonade

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I’ve been on somewhat of a 90’s movie kick….not that I have time to watch 90’s movies, but I’ve been thinking about them.

You’ve Got Mail was the one most recently on my mind. I was reading a book on the beach this past weekend and all I could think about was Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks. And believe it or not, Sunday night it started playing on TV! Fate, ya’ll.

Also a good one: Sleepless in Seattle. Those are the kinds of easy watching films that I never seem to tire of. Again, I don’t have time for these things, but you know what I mean.

What’s your favorite movie? Please say romantic comedies. 

Oh and by the way. IT’S SEPTEMBER. I had this brilliant plan to post this recipe the last week in August because blackberries are still on the brink of perfection here in Oregon…except today {the day I thought was the last day of August} is in fact the first day of September. How’s that for organization?! Even though summer is on its way out and I suppose it’s fall now {or is it?} this lemonade makes for a fabulous beverage any time of year. It’s a wee bit on the fancy side, but still super simple to make in about 10 minutes.

Here’s how to make it:

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Start out with these pretty little things….lots and lots of blackberries!

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Pour these into the bottom of a pitcher with a good handful of fresh mint and mash away. You can use a wooden soon but a potato masher works just as well.

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Next, squeeze a bunch of lemons to get all their juice. We need one cup…I think I used about 5 lemons?! Something like that.

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Now comes a weird part. I don’t have a small strainer….SOOOOO I just use the back of a microplane grater.

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Just pour the juice right through and….

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VOILA! It catches all the seeds! Easy peasy.

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Also pour in 1 cup of simple syrup {which is just 1 part water 1 part sugar boiled together and cooled.}

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The last thing is a little extra cold water and that is it! The Lemonade is complete.

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Pour this over some ice and you’ve got some tasty summertime drinks….in the fall. Lol! Either way, this is a yummy way to enjoy the last few crops of blackberries!

Have a lovely labor day, friends!

Blackberry Mint Lemonade

Even though this fancy blackberry mint lemonade is somewhat fancy, it is a simple and delicious drink that you'll want to make anytime of year.

servings 8 servings
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 cups fresh blackberries
  • ¼ cup loosely packed mint leaves
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 4 cups cold water
  • ice
  • springs of mint for garnish {optional}

Instructions

  • Pour water and sugar into a small saucepan. Bring to boil to melt all the sugar, then remove from heat. Set aside to cool. This is simple syrup.
  • Place berries and mint into the bottom of pitcher. Mash with a wooden spoon {or potato masher} to macerate.
  • Pour in lemon juice, water and cooled simple syrup. Pour over ice and serve with sprigs of mint.

Nutrition

Calories: 128kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Blackberry Mint Lemonade
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23 Responses
  1. Natalie @ Paper And Birch

    Love 90’s movies! My faves are Shawshank Redemption, Good Will Hunting, Pretty Woman, Ghost and Thelma & Louise.

    I don’t have a small strainer either so that’s genius!

  2. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    Looks so refreshing! I think it’s a go for anytime of year! And I can never have enough blackberries. I picked a record amount around my place in Seattle this year!

  3. Chels R.

    Seriously, this looks increds! I’ve got some blackberries hanging over our fence from our neighbors yard that I’m going to put to some good use.

  4. Mariana Ordóñez

    I really love the recipe!!! Very easy and delicious! Also fresh and sweet! Excellent idea, thanks for share!

    Xx from México

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