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.
Directions1. 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.