Thursday, August 18, 2011

Berry Lemonade

Lemonade is the drink of summer.  There are plenty of ways to serve it, too.  This berry version is one very nice example.
The berries come in the form of a syrup, which you make beforehand (this is just like the one in my former post Blueberry Spritzer - and this syrup would work just as well in that recipe).  The recipe below is adapted from Closet Cooking.
For my lemonade, I used a frozen triple berry blend (raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries). You can use whichever sweet berry or combination that you like best.  The amounts listed below are general - all lemons and berries are not created equal.  Some are more sweet, some more sour.  Mix your ingredients to your taste.
The resulting lemonade is beautiful, delicious, and oh so quenching on a hot summer afternoon.

Berry Lemonade
Adapted from Closet Cooking

Berry Syrup - 
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 cup berries (such as strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, or raspberry - frozen work perfectly)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

Lemonade -
1 cup lemon juice
Berry syrup
4-6 cups cold water

1.  For the Syrup: stir the sugar and water together in a large saucepan set over high heat.  Bring the mixture to a boil.  Stir in the berries and reduce the heat to simmer.

2.  Simmer the syrup for 20 minutes.  Let the mixture cool to warm.

3.  Stain the mixture to remove the solids.  Stir the lemon juice into the syrup.  Cover and chill until cold.

4.  For the Lemonade: Stir the lemon juice together with 1 cup of the berry syrup.  Stir in 4 cups of the water.  Add more syrup and/or water to taste.  Lemonade should be on the strong side if you will be serving with ice.

5.  Pour over ice and serve!

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