Blackberry Lemonade For A Summer That Just Won’t End

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Whether you appreciate this endless heat or not, it’s always great to have something to drink that is truly refreshing when the heat is at its peak. But sucking down drinks that are riddled with processed sugar rarely quench your thirst. So instead, try this homemade blackberry lemonade.

1. The Ingredients

Two glasses with blackberry lemonade surrounded by fresh blackberries and mint leaves.
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Gather and measure all the ingredients. This comes together much quicker if you have everything ready to go. Find the full recipe here.

2. Blend The Berries

Blending fresh blackberries in a blender.
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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.

3. Strain The Berries

Straining blended blackberries through a strainer into a small bowl.
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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.

4. The Liquids

Pouring water into a large beverage jug.
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Add the water and lemon juice to a large pitcher.

5. Add The Berries

Adding the blackberry juice to a large beverage jug.
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In a large pitcher, combine the blackberry juice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and all the cups of water. Stir well to incorporate the flavors.

6. Add The Sweetener

Pouring honey into a large beverage just with water and lemon juice.
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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.

7. Add The Mint

Adding fresh mint leave to a large beverage jug of blackberry lemonade.
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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.

8. Add Ice

The finished Blackberry Lemonade in a large jug of ice and served in a glass.
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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. Find the full recipe here.

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