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Can you smell it? Smell summer? The rain falling on pavement, the tomato vines climbing, the sweet smell of strawberries, the deep color of blackberries, and the sweet taste of lemonade on the front porch while said rain is falling. That my friends is the perfect summer day. Summer is also the perfect time to experiment with new recipes, and I love playing around with lemonade recipes.
I know that you can go to the store and buy just about any kind of lemonade you want, its convenient to just buy rather than make it. But I recently started thinking, how hard is it really just to make lemonade? I mean fresh lemons, sugar and water, could it really be that simple? We have come to such a place in this country that we buy everything even the simplest things that we could easily make, its become our way and often we don’t challenge that. I will concede that somethings are easier to buy than to make, but I was set on figuring out if lemonade was one of those things. Specifically I wanted to make blackberry lemonade.
One of those great things about summer is that all the berries go on sale, and I wants all of them! Seriously we eat a lot of berries in our house. The great thing is you can wash them and freeze them for use in the fall and winter in smoothies and recipes, when they aren’t so cheap. So buy them now and buy them often, get all of those good antioxidants into your system. But here in lies another conundrum how to keep your berries, from going bad before they are consumed and thereby wasting your hard earned money? That’s where Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ products come into play.
Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ containers are the best at keeping those berries fresh and good for you. If you leave the berries in their store containers too long, mold will inevitably happen. However I have found over the summer so far, that if I come home and take my berries out of the store packaging and put them into the Rubbermaid® Freshworks™containers I simply get a longer life out of my berries. This week I found blackberries on sale and I knew that this would be a perfect time to try out my recipe for blackberry lemonade. I went ahead and bought enough berries for eating, and to make my drink. I came home and immediately popped them into a Rubbermaid® Freshworks™ container and I was confident that they would still be fresh for our 4th of July gathering.
So I juiced about 6 lemons, you can buy a juicer that fits on top of a mason jar, I paid no more that 5 bucks for it, or you can have a handheld juicer, or the most simple way is to cut a lemon in half, and using a fork break all the membranes inside twisting every way possible. Do this over a bowl of course and repeat with all the lemons. Add sugar to the lemon juice and stir until sugar is dissolved and water, then ice. You have perfect lemonade. But I wasn’t satisfied with just doing plain lemonade, though it is delish, I wanted black berry lemonade. So I set out to make it.
It starts the same way as the regular lemonade I have made before, its so simple, takes five minutes and so good that I will prob never buy again. But it has the addition of the blackberries. I squeezed the lemons, added the sugar, gave it a good shake, then I added blackberries to the lemonade mixture and put it all into the blender. The lemonade turns a beautiful deep purple color. You can strain out the seeds if you like or leave them in. This was the best lemonade I have made yet! It was a big hit at our 4th of July party and I am sure you will love it too! Check out Rubbermaid® Freshworks™containers and get all the life out your berries that you can.
2 1/2 cups of water
1 pint of blackberries
1 1/2 cups ofsugar
Juice lemons into jar or bowl, add black berries, sugar and water to blender along with lemon juice. Blend until combined. Serve over ice. Enjoy!