Monday, April 22, 2019

Fresh Squeezed Blackberry Lemonade #BrunchWeek

The perfect combination of tart, bright and lightly sweet, this homemade blackberry lemonade is sure to become your favorite warm weather drink.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BrunchWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to aid in the creation of the #Brunchweek recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

close up glass of dark purple blackberry lemonade with lemon slice and frozen blackberry in joyjolt crystal highball glass

       When life hands you lemons, make blackberry lemonade!  This refreshing drink is sophisticated enough to please adult palates but will delight the kiddos as well. It is a fabulous way to turn fresh fruit into a delightful sipper.

      This week is all about brunch. There is just something about that word that automatically makes it feel extra special.

      Whether you are serving brunch for a holiday like Easter or Mother's Day or just because it's the weekend and you can, the word brunch signals it's time to slow down and enjoy for a bit.  That is a sentiment I can fully support!

measuring cup with juicer and lemon half and pitcher with fresh blackberry puree in it

       One thing that helps make a brunch memorable is a great drink.  Of course mimosas and bloody Maries are the crowned jewels of brunching. 

     But that certainly doesn't mean they are the only option.  A couple of years ago I shared an adults only apple brunch punch recipe with you that is crisp and delicious. 

     This year I decided on more summery flavors for my drink du jour. This blackberry lemonade can't help but be the star of the show.

      As written, this recipe is family friendly. Everyone can enjoy a glass and they most certainly will!

      If you like a little booze with your brunch, don't despair. Just stir an ounce of vodka into your glass and you will be in fine shape!

two joyjolt highball glasses of blackberry lemonade with frozen blackberries, lemon slices and stainless steel straws

       This drink doesn't have to be limited to your brunch menu either. It will be great all spring and summer long. 

       I can imagine enjoying a glass on the porch on a summer evening. Of course spiked or not is completely up to you in that case too!

      We are lucky enough to have prolific blackberry bushes in our yard, so I was able to use frozen berries from last year's harvest. You could use fresh or frozen berries, whichever is the most available or economical. 

       Don't let squeezing the lemons keep you from making this recipe. It is quick and totally worth the little bit of effort.

        The best way to serve a nice drink is in a glass befitting it. Luckily Joyjolt sent me a beautiful set of Stella highball glasses

        They were a beautiful way to signal just how special and delicious that first sip was going to be. I can see them getting a lot of use this summer.

       I made a half gallon pitcher full and it didn't last the weekend at our house.  We were all big fans.

two glasses of homemade blackberry lemonade with pitcher of blackberry lemonade in the background

      My husband would have preferred if I would have strained the blackberry puree, but I sort of enjoyed the signal that it was made with real fruit.  You can decide which way you prefer.

      Little Dude and the neighbor kid had 3 glasses each before the afternoon was over, so they didn't mind the seeds one bit! I can see this becoming a summer weekend staple for us.

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Tips and tricks to making blackberry lemonade:

  • Between the tart berries and sour lemons, the end result of the recipe as written is only lightly sweet. Add a few Tablespoons more sugar to the pan while making your sugar syrup if you want a sweeter result.
  • You may wish to strain the seeds out of the blackberry puree, that is completely up to personal preference.
  • Fresh squeezed lemons will have the brightest flavor, but lemon juice from the bottle will do in a pinch.
  • If using frozen berries, use some of the warm sugar water to help get them pureed smooth. Your blender will appreciate the liquid! 

     Have you ever made fun twists on homemade lemonade? What are your favorites?

    In addition to great recipes, this week is full of fun prizes you can win too.  Scroll down to see what the other bloggers are sharing today and learn more about the prizes our sponsors donated.    

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Yield: 8 servings

Fresh Squeezed Blackberry Lemonade

The perfect combination of tart, bright and lightly sweet, this homemade blackberry lemonade is sure to become your favorite warm weather drink.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 7 Mtotal time: 17 M


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups water
  • 3 cups blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice
  • plenty of ice


How to cook Fresh Squeezed Blackberry Lemonade

  1. Heat the sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir occasionally and cook until all of the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Puree the blackberries in a blender or food processor. Mine were frozen, so I added a bit of the sugar water to the berries to blend them easier.
  3. Mix sugar water, berry puree and lemon juice in a half gallon pitcher. Fill with ice. 
  4. Serve over ice. 
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Take a look at what the #BrunchWeek Bloggers are creating today!

BrunchWeek Beverages:

Blueberry Lemonade from Family Around The Table

Easy Smoothie Shooters from The Nifty Foodie

Fresh Squeeze Blackberry Lemonade from Cooking With Carlee

Guava Mimosas from Seduction in the Kitchen

Guava Moscow Mule from Love and Confections

Lightening Lavender Margarita from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

Mango Mimosa from April Golightly

Rum Punch for Brunch! from Hardly A Goddess

Sparkling Lavender Lemonade from Snacks and Sips

Strawberry Lavender Smoothie from Eat Move Make

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Keto Chicken Salad from Platter Talk

Pecan Grape Salad from For the Love of Food

BrunchWeek Egg Dishes:

Baked Eggs with Mushroom and Asparagus from Caroline's Cooking

Baked Hash Brown Egg Cups from Creative Southern Home

Breakfast Pizza from Kate's Recipe Box

Cheesy Scrambled Egg Stuffed Popovers from Jolene's Recipe Journal

Fried Green Tomato BLT Benedicts from The Spiffy Cookie

Ham, Egg, & Spinach Breakfast Bites from Sweet Beginnings

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Sausage, Egg, and Cheese Breakfast Bake from Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

Sheet Pan Mexican Frittata from Strawberry Blondie Kitchen

Soy-Brined Hard-Boiled Eggs from Shockingly Delicious

The Best Avocado Toast from Simply Healthyish Recipes

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains, and Pastries:

Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese Stuffed Muffins from Big Bear's Wife

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Cheesy Baked Breakfast Tacos from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:

Mashed Potato, Cheddar & Bacon Waffles from Tip Garden

Zucchini Cheese Pancakes from Karen's Kitchen Stories

BrunchWeek Desserts:

Chocolate Banana Cookies with Sprinkles from Who Needs A Cape?

Cinnamon Roll Cake from Books n' Cooks

Espresso Banana Bread from PasstheSushi

Spring Blooms Cake from The Mandatory Mooch

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Welcome to #BrunchWeek 2019 hosted by Love and Confections and A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures! This is our 7th year of #BrunchWeek and we have 35 bloggers from around the country sharing over 140 of their best Brunch recipes. We have so many delicious recipes for you to enjoy throughout the week including cocktails, appetizers, casseroles, cinnamon rolls, breakfast pizzas, coffee cakes, plenty of desserts, and more! Our BrunchWeek Sponsors are helping us give away some great prizes. Thank you so much, Sponsors, for your generosity. We have an incredible giveaway below and we’d love if you would take a moment to read about it and what you can win!


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  1. I love blackberries and don’t mind the seeds in this drink at all. This drinks. Looks summery and refreshing, Carlee! Brunches are so fun, and we tend to eat more savory than sweet.

    1. I don't mind the seeds either, but will have to remove them next time for my husband!

  2. You know I’m going to go crazy over brunch week! This looks so refreshing and we absolutely love blackberries! Have a beautiful Monday!

    1. I know we are twins in brunch love! Thanks!

  3. I definitely have to try this. Blackberries are one of my favorites! And who doesn't love a tall glass of lemonade? YUM!

    1. The combination is sooooo good if I do say so!

  4. I love brunch because everyone can relax and take their time. I mostly go for savory items at brunch but occasionally I like to get made to order waffles if they offer.

    1. Those waffles are always so good, aren't they?

  5. Blackberries sound wonderful. I am always looking for a fun drink that we can enjoy with the grand kids and they LOVE blackberries. This is perfect!

    1. They would love our patch then, we get HUGE berries!

  6. This looks so refreshing and delicious! YUM!

  7. Congratulations!
    Your Post is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Thanks so much for sharing it with us and hope you have a great week!
    Miz Helen


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