Living on the same land that I grew up on has really been one of the best things for me. It has also been a huge blessing for my kids. What a joy it is to share with them all the hidden treasures that growing up in the western North Carolina mountains has to offer. One of those treasures are all of the dozens of bushes of wild blackberries growing right in our backyard. I will admit, getting to them can be a little tricky, but that is part of the fun! There was nothing better growing up than to stumble upon a bush full of ripe blackberries. I can remember picking them with my grandmother (she will be 93 next month). She used to always say, “You know they are ripe when they fall right off the vine.”
So, this summer, like all the summers before, we ventured out to the back yard and woods to find the best blackberries. I was hoping that we got to them before all of the birds did. We were in luck and we even have several more that are working on ripening that we can go back for soon. As much as Davis loves lemonade, I thought it would be great to make our very own fresh squeezed blackberry lemonade. If you don’t have wild blackberries you can always grab them from your local farmer’s market or grocery store (not wild, but you know what I mean)!
THE BEST BLACKBERRY LEMONADE RECIPE
- 1 cup of fresh blackberries
- 5 lemons
- 1 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup of water + enough water to fill the pitcher once all items are added
- Boil 1 cup of water in a medium pot on the stove. Once the water is boiling add your sugar and mix well continuously. Do not stop mixing the entire time the pot is on the heat. Once the sugar is fully dissolved you can remove the pot from the heat.
- Purée the blackberries in a food processor.
- Using a wire or mesh strainer and a bowl (I actually used my sifter) push the blackberry purée through so that you separate the seeds.
- Juice all 5 lemons and strain the seeds out.
- Add the lemon juice to the blackberry purée and mix well.
- Pour the lemon and blackberry mixture into a 2 quart pitcher and mix in the warm sugar water and fill to the top with extra water.
- Chill the lemonade or serve immediately over ice.
I will tell you that this is probably my favorite way to enjoy lemonade! I love that it takes a little bit of the sweetness out and adds a little more of a bitter. I guess you could say it cuts the edge off of the sour and sweet. It is just perfect in my opinion! Another great idea would be to add this to ice trays and have flavored water or just dress up your drinks. Oh, and what about popsicles! I’m pretty sure we are going to try that one next!