Blackberry Mint Lemonade

by Alice Currah on June 8, 2011

What I was thinking when I bought a 10 pound case of frozen blackberries?  Nevertheless, they are taking up valuable real estate in our itsy-bitsy freezer.  So don’t be surprised if you see an excessive amount of blackberry recipes on Savory Sweet Life coming to the world wide web soon.  On the other hand, if you love blackberries (like I do) then you’re in for a real treat.

Inspired by the gorgeous Seattle (hot) weather yesterday, an abundance of blackberries, and a thriving patch of mint growing just outside my front door, what I have for you today is an awesome recipe for Blackberry Mint Lemonade.

Using a good quality store-bought lemonade, I made a simple syrup made of water, sugar, and torn mint leaves.  I added two cups of frozen blackberries (feel free to use fresh if you have them) to my blender and poured the simple syrup over them using a strainer to catch the mint.  I blended the mixture ever so gently, being careful to not puree the blackberries but to break them up just enough so little bits of fruit could fit through a drinking straw.

Can I just say how refreshing and awesome this drink is on a hot day?  Imagine all the different ways to adapt this recipe .  For instance, you could cut the lemonade with sparkling water.  Or, you could easily add a shot of rum or vodka for a nice summer cocktail.  Oh the possibilities!

 

Blackberry Mint Lemonade
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Serves: 8
 
A refreshing blackberry lemonade infused with mint.
Ingredients
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 18 mint leaves, torn
  • 2 cups frozen/fresh blackberries
  • ice
  • 3 mint sprigs
  • 4 cups natural store-bought lemonade
  • mint sprigs
Instructions
  1. Bring the water and sugar to boil in a small pot. Stir the water/sugar mixture until the sugar is dissolved then turn off the heat. Add the torn mint leave and give the pot a stir. Allow the simple syrup to cool.
  2. Add the blackberries to a blender. Place a strainer over the mouth of the blender and pour the mint simple syrup into the container. Discard the mint leaves. Blend the simple syrup and the blackberries on low speed for just a few seconds at a time, just enough to break the berries apart but not enough to puree them.
  3. Fill a juice pitcher halfway with ice and add the mint sprigs. Pour the lemonade and the blackberry mixture over the ice. Stir the blackberry mint lemonade and add more ice if necessary before serving.

 

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Maggie @ Vittles and Bits June 17, 2011 at 10:12 pm

Gorgeous!! Love the blend of ingredients

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alice June 17, 2011 at 11:37 pm

Thanks everyone for your sweet comments. Made this again tonight with a little shot of vodka. I highly recommend!

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Jen June 20, 2011 at 1:24 am

Made this for Father’s Day and it was a big hit!

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Jen S. June 20, 2011 at 2:17 pm

So funny…I did the same thing myself about a month ago and I made jam, pie, margaritas, and just about anything else that I could with the berries! I’m definitely going to try this one!

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mari June 20, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Oh. my. goodness.
I need a cold glass of this – refreshing!

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Stephanie - Wasabimon June 23, 2011 at 2:56 am

OMG, ALICE! Blackberry lemonade? I’d probably leave out the mint because I’m a fruit purist, but you’ve got me drooling for tartness at midnight when I can’t do anything about it. *pout*

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Jenni Jane June 24, 2011 at 1:48 pm

not only is this recipe delicious, but its so beautiful! what a great way to use fresh herbs from the garden, i’m always looking for new ways to incorporate them.

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Carolyn Minchk July 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm

*Loved* this recipe! Made it for a baby shower and everyone raved about it. The leftovers were made into a great summer cocktail by adding some vodka to taste- refreshing and delicious!

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Jane August 7, 2011 at 8:24 pm

I just had to write in and tell you that I tried this recipe for my housewarming today and it was a huge hit! Thanks for making me look so good. :)

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alice August 7, 2011 at 9:42 pm

Jane,
Congrats on your new home. Glad the blackberry lemonade was a hit!

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Michelle September 5, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Love the blackberry mint lemonade recipe! The wild berries are peaking this week in the snoqualmie valley. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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Belstaff men November 2, 2011 at 4:04 am

I just had to write in and tell you that I tried this recipe for my housewarming today and it was a huge hit! Thanks for making me look so good

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Sara May 17, 2012 at 10:20 pm

I am totally making this! We are our growing our own mint and LOVE blackberries. Thank you for a great recipe to try. :)

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Juliemarg May 19, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I pinned you – this looks delish! http://pinterest.com/juliemarg/eating-items

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Heejung Cho August 15, 2012 at 12:04 pm

I wanna try to make it soon.
For blackberry substitution, I have cherry compote in the fridge.
Recently my hubby picked up blackberries near our apartment several
times and directly I prepared blackberry jel. For breakfast, we love it
with my homemade bread.
Wild berries tastes cannot be compared with them from the market.

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