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Blackberry Honey Lemonade

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Drinking lemonade in the summertime is always a treat, and it’s always a nice change of pace to try different lemonade flavors. I’ve made Strawberry Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade before, so I thought I’d try making some Blackberry Lemonade. And I wanted to sweeten it with honey instead of sugar to make it a little healthier. I really like the way this tastes! It has a rich fruity flavor from the blackberries, but it’s very lemony, too. This is the perfect thing to drink on a hot summer day, as you’re sitting in a nice shady area outside…with your feet propped up…maybe even reading a good book!

BLACKBERRY HONEY LEMONADE by NancyC

Makes about 4-6 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries
  • 4 cups cold water, divided
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice (or use 1 cup, if you want it really lemony)
  • 2 lemons, sliced (use some for stirring into lemonade and some for garnish)

In a blender, add berries and 1 cup of the water and blend about 1 to 2 minutes, until berries are pureed. Strain the juicy part of the mixture into a small bowl with a wire mesh strainer, discarding the solids and seeds.

Heat a second cup of water with the honey in a small saucepan (or microwave in a microwave-safe container), bringing it to a boil; remove from heat and stir mixture until honey is dissolved in the water.

In a large pitcher (about an 8-cup size), pour remaining 2 cups of water, along with the lemon juice, the honey/water mixture, and the juicy blackberry mixture; stir everything well.

Refrigerate mixture until chilled. When ready to serve, add lemon slices to pitcher (save slices as a garnish for the serving glasses) and stir mixture to ensure all ingredients are well-blended. Serve over ice and garnish each glass with a lemon slice.

Of course there’s always good ol’ Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade, too…I like them all! Do you have a favorite lemonade recipe?

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Strawberry Lemonade

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Lemon and strawberry are two great summer flavors and I’ve been seeing Strawberry Lemonade photos come up quite a bit this summer on Pinterest. So I thought I’d try a recipe out from Better Homes and Gardens. I added a little more strawberries and also more lemon juice than the original recipe calls for because I like things really lemony! It’s the perfect drink to sip on as you’re sitting on your patio on a sunny summer day! Summer is going by much too fast, so maybe taking some time to enjoy Strawberry Lemonade will help slow it down! 🙂

STRAWBERRY LEMONADE by NancyC, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens

Makes 8 servings

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled (I chopped the strawberries into chunks before measuring out the 2 cups)
  • 1 1/4 cups lemon juice, or the juice of 5 to 6 lemons
  • Optional: additional whole or halved strawberries and lemon slices for garnish

Combine 1 cup of the sugar and 1 cup of the water in a small saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Set this syrup mixture aside to cool.

Combine remaining 3 cups water, 1/2 cup sugar, and the strawberries in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer this mixture to a 2–quart pitcher; add the cooled syrup and lemon juice. Stir to combine. Fill pitcher with crushed ice or ice cubes.

If you want to add a special touch, garnish each glass of lemonade with lemon slices and/or fresh strawberries.

NOTE: To make ahead, prepare the lemonade mixture as directed, but do not add ice. Cover and chill up to 8 hours. Add ice and serve.

I think it’s fun to make fruit-flavored variations of lemonade! Do you make lemonade often?

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Very Lemony Raspberry Lemonade

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When I posted my Lemon Raspberry Muffins recipe recently, I promised you I’d share the recipe for the Raspberry Lemonade I made to go with them…well, here it is!

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It’s very, very lemony! And the frozen raspberries that are mixed in with it give this lemonade a rosy pink color. A perfect beverage to make in the spring and summer…or how about Easter weekend?

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I used a new favorite pitcher of mine to serve the lemonade in–and one thing I love about this pitcher is that it has a chalkboard decal, so you can write the name of the beverage you’re serving right on the pitcher! As I mentioned in my muffin post, this pitcher is part of the Daily Grace Collection by (in)courage  (sold at DaySpring.com) and each piece has some inspiring words about gratefulness and God’s grace in the design–so nice to look at when you’re enjoying a meal or snack at your table!

Like I said, this lemonade is very lemony, so if you’d like it a little less lemony you can just use 3 cups of lemon juice–or add more water (and maybe a little more sugar) to the mixture. You can easily adjust the amounts to suit your taste. Hope you get a chance to try it out!

VERY LEMONY RASPBERRY LEMONADE by NancyCreative, adapted from FoodNetwork.com and Ree Drummond

Makes about 13 to 14 cups

  • 4 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice (it takes about 7 to 8 lemons to yield 1 cup of lemon juice, so you will need 28 to 32 lemons! Or you could use 2 cups fresh-squeezed lemon juice and 2 cups bottled lemon juice)
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 7 to 8 cups water, divided
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag frozen raspberries
  • 3 lemons, sliced into thin slices
  • ice cubes for pitcher and glasses

Squeeze the lemons and pour the juice into a pitcher. Mix together the sugar with 2 cups of water and stir to dissolve to make a syrup. add the syrup to the lemon juice and top it up with 5 to 6 cups of water. If this is too lemony and sweet for you, add another cup or two of water–you may also need to add a little extra sugar to taste. Then add the frozen raspberries. Mix the lemonade together and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least a half hour. Just before serving, add about 1 lemon’s worth of slices to the pitcher and stir (use the rest of the lemon slices in the glasses). Fill glasses or mason jars with ice cubes and a lemon slice; pour in the lemonade and serve.

You can halve this recipe, too, if you want to make a smaller amount. I also have a recipe for Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade, if you want to try that out. Do you have a favorite lemonade recipe?

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Fresh-Squeezed Lemonade and Iced Tea Lemonade

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Lemonade always sounds good on a hot day, and I think the fresh-squeezed kind is always the best! I don’t know why I don’t make this more often, because it tastes so good! And it’s not that much work to use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. This is a variation of a recipe from Domino Sugar. Sadly, there’s only about a month left of summer! I’m not sure where the time has gone, but we might as well enjoy what’s left of the season with some lemonade! Or try some Iced Tea Lemonade…see instructions at the end of the recipe below.

Before you make your lemonade, check out these helpful tips:

1. To extract the most juice from lemons, soften them by rolling and pressing them on your counter top before juicing them.

2. To keep your lemonade from becoming too diluted from ice cubes, make your ice cubes out of lemonade–you can make some lemonade ahead of time for that purpose and keep them in the freezer so they’re ready when you need them!

FRESH-SQUEEZED LEMONADE by NancyCreative, adapted from Domino Sugar

Makes 2 to 4 servings

  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice (about 3 medium-to-large lemons)
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup sugar, depending on how sweet you like your lemonade
  • Fresh mint for garnish (optional)
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional)

Combine water and lemon juice in a pitcher, then add sugar. Mix well, stirring until sugar dissolves. Pour into ice-filled glasses, and garnish with mint leaves and lemon slices if desired. You can double the recipe and use a larger pitcher if you need more servings.

ICED TEA LEMONADE: I like to mix iced tea and lemonade together–it’s a nice variation if you like a lemony flavor in your tea. To make it, all you need to do is combine equal amounts of your favorite iced tea with this lemonade recipe. Add additional sugar if desired, to taste.

Do you make lemonade often? Fresh-squeezed or from a mix or concentrate?

Lemonade with Blueberries

Lemonade and blueberries are such a great summertime combination! I saw this recipe at MarthaStewart.com and happened to have some blueberries on hand, so I thought I’d try it. I did not have the 20 lemons on hand that the recipe asks for, though, so I used ReaLemon lemon juice instead and I thought it tasted great! So it’s probably super-great if you use fresh-squeezed lemon juice. This recipe makes 2 quarts.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 cups lemon juice (about 20 lemons if you’re using fresh-squeezed)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • Blueberries, for sprinkling in each glass of lemonade

Pour fresh-squeezed lemon juice through a fine sieve into a large pitcher (or if using ReaLemon lemon juice, pour the juice directly into the pitcher). Add sugar and stir well until dissolved. Stir in 1 quart water, then add ice. Pour into glasses and sprinkle with blueberries (it’s a nice surprise when a blueberry pops into your mouth as you’re drinking your lemonade!). This lemonade tastes especially good when you’re outside on a nice sunny day, stretched out on a lawn chair! 🙂