Saturday, July 3, 2010
Sun and Blackberries: Perfect
Today was gorgeous (unlike yesterday, which rained most of the day and I made cookies instead of going outside). So, I went to the pool and we made blackberry lemonade to celebrate the awesome weather.
Its a pretty simple recipe, you just need a few "tools" that make it easier- a lemon squeezer, like this one, and a fine mesh strainer. Blackberries, especially fresh and local ones, have tons of seeds.
Oh, I got this recipe online somewhere a couple of years ago, but have adapted it and am not sure where it came from exactly.
14 oz package of frozen blackberries
1 1/4 cups sugar
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5 large lemons)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (1-2 limes)
6 cups water
Puree the frozen blackberries, sugar, lemon juice and lime juice and 2 cups of water in a blender. Strain through the wire mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding solids. As more space is available in the blender pitcher, add more water until you have added all 6 cups of water into the blackberry mixture. Serve over ice and enjoy!
It's important to add the water with the blackberry mixture before straining because it makes the straining process *SO* much easier. I had first tried the recipe 2 years ago as written, and it was impossible to strain the puree. But blend it as you see fit- there's no need to be super exact.
I hope you try it and enjoy! Its a family favorite now.