Our recipe for simple blackberry mint lemonade is great as-is and even better when mixed with some red wine (for an instant sangria)! Great addition to a simple summer dinner to add just a little extra bit of relaxation and enjoyment.
Our garden is going gang-busters. Since this is the first year I’ve actually considered myself a “gardener” it also seems to be the first year that I’m actively trying to make stuff out of all the goodness growing in the backyard.
Last week I tried my hand at homemade lemonade for the first time – and I don’t know what ever took me so long. It was so easy.
1 C Sugar
1 C Hot Water
3 C Cold Water
5-6 Lemons (depending on the size)
1/2 an Orange
4-5 Sprigs fresh mint (we used 4 sprigs of fresh pineapple mint and 1 sprig of spearmint from the garden)
1 C Blackberries
1. Juice the lemons and orange together to produce about 1 cup of juice altogether.
2. In a bowl mix a sprinkle of sugar, your blackberries and the fresh-squeezed juice together. Using a hand-blender, blend until smooth.
3. Place a small strainer over your pitcher or serving vessel and strain the mixture into it to eliminate any extra pulp and seeds (you can skip this step if you like pulp in your drinks).
4. Mix the remaining sugar and hot water in a small saucepan and heat until sugar is thoroughly dissolved (making a simple syrup).
5. Add the sugar mixture and remaining 3 cups of cold water to your juice mixture and stir.
Optional: When serving, mix half lemonade with half red wine (sweet red seems to work best, but Zinfandel is interesting too) for a quick and easy sangria!