Ah, the sweet joys of summer. Temps in the high 90s, humidity that makes your hair stand on end, vicious little mosquitoes.
Alright, maybe those aren’t the highlights of summer. But if the humidity has got your hair in a tizzy or the heat has worn you down, I’m here to save the day by offering a refreshing way to cope.
Blackberry Basil lemonade
Y’all. This is a game changer. Lemonade is a must for the dreaded hot days of summer, but adding blackberries and basil? Lemons never had it so good.
Making this lemonade takes no time at all and calls for only five ingredients.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
What you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup unbleached cane sugar
- 2 cups blackberries
- An additional 6 cups of water
- Sprig of basil
Start by getting your lemon squeezy on. You’ll need 1 1/2 cups of lemon juice (about six lemons, or just use the lemon juice you already have in the fridge – no judgement here). Set aside.
In a small pan on the stove, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of unbleached cane sugar to a soft boil until all of the sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool to room temperature.
In your food processor, add 2 cups of fresh blackberries and purée until smooth. Pour your blackberry purée through a mesh strainer in order to remove the seeds. No one wants to chew their lemonade.
In a large pitcher, add your sugar water, lemon juice, blackberry purée. Stir until combined. Top off with 6 cups of cold water and a sprig of basil. Give it a good swirl with your spoon and allow to sit in the refrigerator for an hour or so before serving. The extra time in the fridge allows the basil to infuse into the lemonade and gives your summer drink the extra kick it was missing.
Serve with blackberries and lemon wedges for garnish. You could even go so far as to rub a basil leaf along the edge of the glass. And after you and your husband put the little ones to bed, feel free to give yourself a splash or two of your favorite adult beverage. You had a long day of yard work, children who don’t like to nap, and cleaning up after the various animals you tend. You deserve an extra splash of something good!
So beat the heat, and enjoy a glass of cold blackberry basil lemonade.
May your hearts be full.