Summer is almost here and we’ll be sitting on the patio sipping this refreshing Blackberry Raspberry Lemonade.
How do I make homemade lemonade?
Have you ever made homemade lemonade? It’s so easy to do and you’ll love that it has simple ingredients and no preservatives.
It’s simply adding granulated sugar to hot water so it dissolves and mix that with lemon juice. Below, I added berry juices to create a Raspberry Blackberry Lemonade.
You can either grown your own berries or buy from a local farmer. Ask a farmer if you buy a full flat of berries could you get a discount. Usually they are more than willing! Freeze your berries right away in large freezer Ziploc bags to keep fresh! Then you’ll have ripe berries to use in all sorts of recipes all year long!
In the food industry they call frozen berries IQF, which means Individually Quick Frozen. This basically means they flash freeze berries and then put them into bags. This keeps them from sticking together.
How to make homemade Blackberry Strawberry Lemonade:
For homemade Blackberry Raspberry Lemonade, get yourself a hand food mill and a fine mesh strainer. Simply cook your berries in a little bit of water in a saucepan so they don’t burn and they’ll soften. You can crush them with a potato masher and then push through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the seeds and pulp. Dissolve granulated sugar in water, making a simple syrup and then combine everything. Add plenty of ice and enjoy.
Want to make this an adult drink? Add a little bourbon or white rum.
What do you love to make for picnics? This Blackberry Raspberry Lemonade is the perfect treat. Don’t you just love how pretty it looks in a drink dispenser?! I have to admit I’ve got quite the collection of drink dispensers. Maybe even an addiction to them! The life of a freelance recipe developer, lol!
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Blackberry Raspberry Lemonade
Wild black raspberries grew up the entire length of the driveway, intertwined into a stone wall my grandfather had laid on our farm, all the way to our pig barn. We picked them often during the summer and froze them. I love growing some of our own berries to use in desserts, jams and specialty drinks like this one.
- 2 cups fresh lemon juice
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 3 cups water
- 1 pint blackberries
- 1 pint raspberries
- Ice cubes
- Fresh mint for garnish
In a medium saucepan over low to medium heat, soften the blackberries and raspberries with about 1/2 cup of water. Cook them until they are very soft. Use a hand food mill or a fine mesh strainer to separate the juices and seeds. Let the fruit juice cool, and discard the seeds and skins. In a medium saucepan, dissolve the sugar in the water, making a simple syrup.
Pour the simple syrup, lemon juice, blackberry and raspberry puree into a 1-gallon pouring pitcher.
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