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Nothing beats some good, old-fashioned porch sittin’ on a hot summer day. That is unless you are sittin’ on that porch with a tall, cold glass of blackberry lemonade. That tends to upgrade things just a tad.
This refreshing homemade lemonade is so delicious and so refreshing you won’t even realize it’s blistering hot out.
How Long Does Homemade Lemonade Last?
Homemade lemonade typically lasts for about 3 to 5 days if stored properly in the fridge. However, it’s best to drink it within the first few days for the best flavor.
Is Blackberry Lemonade Good For You?
Absolutely! (If you use healthy ingredients) Blackberries are high in antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, which are great for overall health. Lemons provide a large dose of vitamin C.
That said, you won’t get much of the fiber from the berries in this one because it gets strained out. But as far as flavored drinks go, generally speaking, this one is pretty darn healthy.
This recipe also doesn’t use any simple syrup or processed sugar. So that helps a little too. Most lemonades call for at least one cup sugar. That’s a lot!
How Can I Make My Homemade Lemonade Fizzy?
In place of regular water, use unflavored sparkling water. It’s an easy switch, and your Blackberry lemonade will be nice and fizzy. That said, the fizz won’t last long. So if you won’t drink this very quickly, it’s best to stick with flat water.
Can I Use Other Fresh Berries?
Sure! You can blend them with the blackberries to make a mixed-berry lemonade if you like. You could try all kinds of variations. Good berries to try here would be:
About The Homemade Blackberry Lemonade Ingredients
Fresh blackberries – Get the biggest, juiciest berries you can find.
Lemon juice – While freshly squeezed always tastes best, bottled will work if you are short on time. Just make sure it’s pure lemon juice with no added sugar.
Cold water – Make sure this is good quality filtered water that you are comfortable drinking. Chlorine is not a great flavor in lemonade.
Honey – You can actually use any sweetener that will dissolve well in the liquids.
Fresh mint leaves – Make sure you soak them in water for at least 10 minutes to remove debris. You can easily shake them to dry and then use them as indicated.
Ice cubes – Be generous with the ice. This stuff is amazing when properly chilled.
Blackberries and mint sprigs – For garnish.
How To Make Blackberry Lemonade
Gather and measure all the ingredients.
In a blender or food processor, puree the fresh blackberries until smooth. In theory, you could use a potato masher or a fork too. But a blender does a much better job. Use a spatula to scrape it all out.
Strain the blackberry puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seeds, and collect the blackberry juice in a bowl. Discard or compost the blackberry pulp.
In a large pitcher, combine the blackberry juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and all the cups of water. Stir well to incorporate the flavors.
Gradually add honey or maple syrup to sweeten the elixir, adjusting the amount according to your desired taste. Remember to taste as you go, as the sweetness levels of the blackberries may vary. Add just enough to compliment the tartness of the berries.
Tear the mint leaves and add them to the pitcher, gently crushing and muddling them with a wooden spoon to release their oils into the lemonade.
Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the blackberry lemonade over the ice. Garnish each glass with a few fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint.
Store this in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Can I Freeze Homemade Lemonade?
You can, actually. If you need to freeze leftovers you won’t drink, do so in popsicle molds. It’s a great summer treat.
More Homemade Lemonade Recipes
- Watermelon Lemonade
- Raspberry Lemonade
- Georgia Peach Lemonade
- Strawberry Lemonade
- Lavender Lemonade
- Leprechaun Lemonade
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Blackberry Lemonade Recipe
- 1 Blender
- 1 fine meshed-strainer
- 1 cup fresh blackberries (plus extra for garnish)
- 1 cup lemon juice (fresh is best, but bottled will work)
- 4 cups cold water
- ⅓ cup honey (or add more to taste)
- ⅓ cup fresh mint leaves (plus extra for garnish)
- ice (as needed)
- Gather and measure all your ingredients.
- In a blender or food processor, puree the fresh blackberries until smooth.
- Strain the blackberry puree through a fine mesh sieve to remove any seeds, and collect the blackberry juice in a bowl. Discard or compost the blackberry pulp.
- In a large pitcher, combine the blackberry juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and cold water. Stir well to incorporate the flavors.
- Gradually add honey or maple syrup to sweeten the elixir, adjusting the amount according to your desired taste. Remember to taste as you go, as the sweetness levels of the blackberries may vary.
- Tear the mint leaves and add them to the pitcher, gently crushing them with a wooden spoon to release their aromatic oils.
- Fill glasses with ice cubes and pour the blackberry lemonade elixir over the ice. Garnish each glass with a few fresh blackberries and a sprig of mint.