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Friday, May 29, 2015

Sparkling Blackberry Lemonade

The recipe I am sharing with you today is so good.  It takes a little prep work and it helps to make it the day before so everything can be cold.  I think you can take a couple of short cuts by using a premade lemonade such as Simply Lemonade.  Then you don't have to squeeze the lemons or make the sugar water.
The color is great.  Add a sprig of mint or a slice of lemon to this drink.
 Start with several lemons, and some fresh or frozen blackberries.
 Start by making the simple syrup.  1 cup sugar.
 1 cup water in a saucepan.
 Heat on low just until the sugar is dissolved.
 Then squeeze the lemons.  This took a while.  That is why I think a really good lemonade would be a good replacement.
 Then puree the blackberries.  Now one of the things that people do not like about blackberries is the seeds. So we are going to get rid of the seeds.
 I really need a bigger strainer.  Strain all the juice out of the puree.  I couldn't get over all the seeds.
 Put all of these in the fridge to chill until the next day.  Now we are ready to construct the lemonade.
 In a clear pitcher (because you really need to enjoy the color) Put 1 cup lemon juice in the bottom.
 Add 2 cups blackberry puree
 1 cup simple syrup
 Then I put all the juices I had made up.  Stir well.
Then pour about 1/3 or so of the glass with the black berry mixture.  Then fill the rest of the glass with sparkling water. That is how you get the bubbles.  It is so good.  The lemon is not too tart.

Sparkling Blackberry Lemonade Recipe

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups blackberries
2 liter sparkling water
Have all ingredients chilled.

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