The lazy days of summer are slowly dwindling, and it’s definitely starting to show signs of cooler weather here in Northern California.

Who am I kidding – it’s perfect weather here all the time, and it never really got over 90 degrees with no humidity this summer! 🙂 I LOVE the weather here.
This lemonade takes me back to my summer’s in high school when I spent 8 weeks doing a mission’s trip in Mexico, and I would get Agua Fresca from the street vendor’s and my favorite restaurant “The Hill” – so aptly nicknamed because it was in fact, on a hill.
Agua Fresca is just fresh fruit juice mixed with sugar and water – and they have awesome flavors like mango, watermelon, strawberry, and even cinnamon.
This lemonade is so super refreshing, and perfect for an afternoon get together with friends, serving at a barbecue, or at a fancy evening dinner party.
It’s easy enough to not overwhelm you, but good enough for people to think you did something amazing – which you did! 🙂
It’s a great way to use up those awesome summer berries that are starting to be on sale since it’s getting close to the end of the summer. i.e. I got my blackberries on sale for buy one get one free!!
** Don’t forget to enter the CSN giveaway. Tomorrow’s the LAST DAY!!! **

FRESH BLACKBERRY LEMONADE (From: Love and Olive Oil)
Ingredients:
3/4 cup raw or cane sugar
3 cups water (divided)
2 cups blackberries
3 lemons, juiced
Ice
Directions:
In a microwave safe container, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Heat on high for 2 minutes. Remove from microwave and stir until sugar is dissolved. (You can do this on the stove by bringing the water to a boil and dissolving the sugar over medium heat – but microwave method is much quicker!) Set aside and allow to cool.
Meanwhile, juice the lemons, and in a large bowl or pitcher, muddle the blackberries with the lemon juice until very smooshed! 🙂
**Don’t laugh at me using a garlic press to muddle my berries – I don’t really have a “muddler” – so in other words – use whatever you got!**
Pour in sugar syrup, remaining 2 cups water, and a few ice cubes and stir. I used my awesome Pampered Chef pitcher that has a mixer built in!
Pour over a glass of ice (you can strain the blackberry pulp – my pitcher got most of it, but I liked having a little in there). Garnish with a sprig of mint or lemon!



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Rebekah

Hello, I’m Rebekah! Wife to a creative guy and mom to one incredibly cute little man. I love to read (novels), run (especially races), drink lots of coffee (sweet and creamy please), and enjoy beautiful community with good conversation around a table (with delicious food). This space is all about meshing real life, good food, and beautiful pictures – of food of course.

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    hiiamjess
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    Hi! I love your blog, it sounds great and I will be trying soon. My big question for you is where did you get that picture? I have been looking everywhere for one that nice and all I come up with are Rubbermaid and a Dr. Brown. I really don’t want to use either of them when serving guests. If you remember where you got it from please let me know. Thank you -Jessica

    February 1st, 2012 4:56
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    Rebekah
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    Hi @hiiamjess, Thanks! Glad you like it. 🙂 The pitcher is actually a vintage one. It’s Fenton hobnail milk glass. I find a lot of it at old antique stores and estate sales, but I think I got this one on Ebay. I love it, and collect quite a bit of milk glass.. it’s my favorite! 🙂 Hope that helps.

    February 5th, 2012 2:38
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