Summer Lemonade Series: Blackberry Lemonade Recipe
Cool off from the summer heat with our new weekly series of refreshing lemonade recipes. Hope you enjoy!
2 cups of lemon juice (approx 15-20 lemons)
12 oz pack of blackberries
4 cups of simple syrup
2 cups of water
Simple Syrup is easy to make- even for those who aren’t so great in the kitchen! It is equal parts sugar and water, and so what you will need to do first is measure out how much water and sugar you will be using (for this recipe- 4 cups of water and 4 cups of sugar). Next, put the the water in pot on the stove and bring it to a boil. Once it is boiling, slowly add the sugar and stir to dissolve. You may have to put the lid back on the pot and let it simmer for a while so that all of the sugar can dissolve. After all of the sugar has dissolved, pour the simple syrup in a container and let it cool off in the refrigerator so that it will be ready to put in the lemonade.
- squeeze 2 cups worth of lemon juice into its own bowl
- using a new bowl, a strainer, and something to press the blackberries (I usually use a soup spoon), press the 12 ounces of blackberries to get their juice — if you want to have any whole blackberries (mainly for presentation) for your lemonade, make sure to select a few to put aside until the end
- mix the 2 cups of lemon juice, 2 cups of water, 4 cups of simple syrup, and blackberry juice into a pitcher
- add whole blackberries and/or lemon slices (optional)
NOTE: This recipe is very flexible to individual tastes (my mom thinks this version is too sour and my dad says its too sweet…). If you like a sweeter lemonade, simply make and add more simple syrup. If you like a more sour lemonade, just make and add more lemon juice and maybe add less simple syrup.