Mike and I are in the midst of renovating our deck. It’s something we’ve been needing to do since we moved in three years ago and now it’s finally happening. <happy dance> We’re replacing the floor boards, railings and stairs with new wood since the old wood was well on its way to being completely rotted out. Yuck. There’s never a dull moment with home ownership, is there?
With the weather being absolutely perfect this past weekend, we hung out at our friends’ houses and enjoyed their deck since ours is still “in progress.” One of our good friends hosted a Korean BBQ on Saturday and with all the delicious food pretty much covered, I decided to bring this simple, delicious Blackberry Limeade that I read about in Cooking Light. How often do you bring drinks to a party? I typically bring food, so this was a nice change.
This recipe has few ingredients and is really easy to throw together. You’ll need blackberries, water, lime juice, sugar and ice. I didn’t add alcohol to the full recipe, but you could easily add a splash of vodka to your glass to make it a fun summer cocktail. One alteration that I made was adding some Lime La Croix for a little fizz. It’s so sweet and refreshing and really colorful… a perfect summer drink. I think my Watermelon Water would be a good one too. Maybe I’ll bring that one next time.
What are some of your favorite summer drinks?
6 cups water, divided
3 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
Note: You can add more sugar depending how sweet you want it.
2/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 6-8 limes depending on the size)
Optional: Thin lime wedges, fresh blackberries and La Croix
1. Place 1 cup water and 3 cups blackberries in a blender and process until smooth.
2. Press blackberry puree through a sieve into a large pitcher; discard seeds.
3. Add remaining 5 cups water, sugar, and juice to pitcher and stir until sugar dissolves.
4. Pour into glasses with ice.
5. Leave room for a splash of La Croix and lime wedges, if desired.
All images © Regan Baroni 2016.