I love lemonade anytime, but especially in the scorching heat of summer. This lemonade has a great depth of flavor from fresh blackberries made into a simple Blackberry syrup. This lemonade made from freshly squeezed lemons is refreshing with just a hint of tartness and deep sweetness from the Blackberries. This is perfect for all of those summer barbecues:-)
Fresh berries make a great garnish for drinks
There is always such a big difference between lemonade with fresh lemons and those convenience products we all use. When you have time, make a batch of this to enjoy. You can also freeze the simple syrup into cubes and drop into your cocktails, drinks or anything you want to flavor with a burst of Blackberry
For Basic Lemonade
6 cups water
1 cup white sugar
Juice your lemons to get 1 cup of lemon juice. In a gallon size pitcher, add lemon juice, water and sugar. Adjust to taste and chill.
For Blackberry Simple Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 Cup water
1 Cup Blackberries
Combine sugar, water and Blackberries in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium high heat stirring occasionally. When mixture boils reduce to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes while using spoon to crush Blackberries against side of pan. Let sit for 20 minutes.
Strain Blackberry mixture through a strainer to remove solids. Strain into a clean bowl and let cool.
To make BlackBerry Lemonade
Place an ounce or two of syrup into bottom of glass. Pour chilled lemonade and ice over Blackberry Simple Syrup.