Refreshing and fruity summer beverages are one of the best things about summer! This recipe for Homemade Blackberry Limeade is the perfect summer drink to make and serve at your next backyard party. Learn how to make limeade for your family this summer.
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How to Make Limeade
The drink has only a four ingredients – blackberries, limes, sugar and water. Some limeade (and lemonade) recipes require you to boil the sugar with water to dissolve all the sugar. But this recipe doesn’t need a lot of sugar, so you should be able to dissolve it all in the cold water. This saves you an entire step and all the time it takes to heat up and cool down the drink.
The reason the recipe doesn’t need a ton of sugar is because it gets a lot of natural sweetness from the blackberries. I used fresh limes and blackberries, although it would work with bottled lime juice and frozen blackberries also. Of course using the fresh ingredients means a little more work to make the recipe. First I juiced the limes.
Then I combined a quart of blackberries with some water and put them in the blender to make a thick blackberry slurry. You then need to strain the blackberry mixture to get rid of the seeds. You can use a simple strainer and pour the blackberry mixture through to get the liquid. If you want to make it more complicated you could use a food mill or a juicer to extract the blackberry juice, but a standard kitchen strainer works well enough.
This combination of blackberries and lime is delicious, and a great mixture of sweet with tart. It is easy to make a big pitcher of homemade blackberry limeade ahead of time and refrigerate it for a picnic or summer barbecue.
Homemade Limeade Recipe
- 1 cup water
- 1 quart blackberries
- 5 limes
- 2/3 cup sugar
- 3 cup water
- Blackberries and limes to garnish if desired
- Mix 1 c. of water with the blackberries in a blender and process until smooth.
- Put the blackberry mixture through a sieve or strainer to remove the seeds.
- Pour the blackberry juice into a large pitcher.
- Juice the limes to get about 2/3 c. of fresh lime juice.
- Add the lime juice and sugar and remaining 3 c. of water to the pitcher and stir until the sugar dissolves.
- Garnish glasses with limes and blackberries.