Change the pace of your homemade lemonade recipe by adding fresh blackberries! Blackberries are in season during the summer and when added to lemons makes delicious Blackberry Lemonade. During your next summer cookout, make a pitcher of this lemonade recipe that is incredibly refreshing, sweet, and tart!
I particularly love homemade lemonade. You can’t escape the deliciousness of fresh lemons, combined with a little sugar and chilled water. It is a glass of golden goodness. But there is nothing better than adding another fruit to lemonade recipes. This will make the lemonade even more refreshing.
Lemonade can be enjoyed all year long if you ask me. But it is particularly enjoyable during the hot summer months. Lemons are refreshing in and of themselves. But when you add another fruit like strawberries, blueberries, or peaches, it makes the beverage more enjoyable. I’ve also had cucumber and mint lemonade, which is also delicious. For cookouts, I typically make a large pitcher of lemonade and add whatever fruit I have on had to give it a different flavor.
How to add blackberries to lemonade
I have made Strawberry Lemonade and now this Blackberry Lemonade Recipe. It took me forever to figure out how to add berries to lemonade without all the extra pulp and seeds and there are two ways you can do this:
- You can juice the berries by using a juicer and add them to the lemonade and you are mixing.
- You can add the berries to a blender and puree in a little lemon juice and strain the berry puree and add it to the lemonade. I prefer this method because it makes the lemonade a bit thicker.
A good practice that you can use when pureeing the berries through a blender, is placing the berries in a bowl, sprinkling with a little sugar (enough to coat), and allowing the berries to become a little sweeter and release their natural juices and ripen the berries a bit as well.
How to make Homemade Blackberry Lemonade
Really, making homemade lemonade is pretty simple. In fact, if you are a Beyonce fan, you don’t have to go too far to find the recipe :-). She tells you how to make Lemonade in her #1 album, “Lemonade”. I will go ahead and tell you how to make it anyways, just in case you are not a part of the “bee-hive”.
- Make a simple syrup first. I recommend doing this first because this will need to be completely cooled before you use it. Simple syrups are equal parts sugar and water. So you will only need 1 ¼ cup of water and 1 ¼ cup of sugar. Bring that to a boil until the sugar dissolves and thickens and let the syrup completely cool.
- Puree the blackberries and strain them through a fine-mesh strainer. Add that liquid to lemonade.
- Use 10 lemons. To get the most out of your lemons, let the lemons sit out at room temperature. Roll the lemons on a countertop before you juice your lemons. These techniques will help with that juicing process.
- Add four cups of water to the juiced lemons, blackberry puree, and simple syrup. You can add the syrup and water interchangeably to make the lemonade as sweet or tart as you want. This was the perfect balance for me.
Commonly Asked Questions
This is a non-alcoholic recipe for Blackberry Lemonade, but if you wanted to add alcohol to this lemonade recipe, I would use a preferred Vodka brand.
Trust me when I say, this is not a question because it will be gone in minutes. Otherwise, you can keep this lemonade for about a week or longer. I wouldn’t go longer than 10 days.
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