Blackberry Lemonade

As a kid, I remember there was nothing better on a hot Summer’s day than an ice-cold glass of fresh lemonade. As an adult, I still crave a glass whenever the heat arrives, and this blackberry version is my favorite new twist on the classic version. It’s simple, sweet, and just a bit tart. It’s my new favorite Summer sipper. Make it as-is, or add in a splash of vodka for a tasty cocktail, because (let’s be honest) nothing quite beats the heat like a bright, refreshing, and flavorful adult beverage.

Blackberry Lemonade

Blackberry Lemonade

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 1/4 cups lemon juice, fresh squeezed or store-bought
1 cup blackberries, plus more for garnish if desired
1 3/4 cups water
mint leaves for garnishing, optional

Directions

1. Prepare a simple syrup by combining the cup of sugar and the cup of water in a small pot on the stove. Bring to a boil and stir to dissolve the sugar. Allow to cool completely and then set aside.
2. Add the blackberries and lemon juice to a blender and blend until the blackberries have pureed.
3. Strain into a clear pitcher. You’ve got to strain it to remove any chunks of blackberries left and seeds.
4. Add the remaining amount of water to the pitcher. Stir to evenly combine.
5. Add simple syrup, to taste.
6. Serve over ice, or chilled, and garnish (if desired) with mint leaves and a blackberry.

Good Girl ‘Moonshine’

Both ginger and apple cider vinegar have been widely noted for helping aide weight loss and digestion. Trying to eliminate soda from your diet? Just trying to find a tasty, healthy poolside option? Either way, give this ‘mocktail’ a try. Detox and alkalize your body, all while staying hydrated and healthy this summer! Instead of pure drinking water, use seltzer water for a fun, fizzy effect.  It’s refreshing taste will have you sighing and saying, ‘Ahhhh’ after your first sip. Happy sipping guzzling. 🙂

Update: It’s been brought to my attention that this drink is essentially a ginger switchel. After a look into this, I was even more impressed with it as it’s benefits just keep on piling up. The exact source of the switchel isn’t known, but some speculate it came up to the Colonies from the Carribbean. What is known is that in Colonial days, with no modern conveniences like central air, or even ice cubes, a day spent out working in the field or on the farm could be grueling in the summer heat. To stay hydrated, they drank a quenching beverage that functioned much like modern sports drinks: switchel, also called switzel or haymaker’s punch. It contained water, a sweetener—either molasses, maple syrup, honey or brown sugar—ginger, and cider vinegar. All the ingredients (except water) happen to be sources of potassium—an electrolyte. Molasses is especially high in potassium. You could easily swap in some molasses for the stevia if you wanted to go old school. Also, another fun fact, it’s the bite of the ginger that resembles the taste of alcohol and apparently this was another reason the switchel became so popular among the colonial poor during the growing temperance movement of the 19th century.

Good Girl ‘Moonshine’

 Fit Mama 'Moonshine' Mocktail

recipe adapted from The (Gluten-Free) Food Gurly

enough ice to fill a quart jar to where the ring screws on
1 teaspoon ginger
4 teaspoons sugarless sugar (stevia)
2-3 tablespoon. apple cider vinegar
enough pure drinking water to fill the quart jar after filling with everything else

Directions

1. Fill your mason jar up to the first line where the ring/lid begins to screw on.
2. Sprinkle the ginger ans sugar over top of the ice.
3. Add the apple cider vinegar.
4. Fill with pure drinking water, stopping when it’s reached the first line where the ring begins to screw on.
5. Stir well until all the sugar has dissolved.
6. Enjoy!

I mostly added in the apples for aesthetic appeal, buuut they do significantly enhance the flavor. So if apple is your thing you’ll definitely want to throw in a few slices.