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The Better Berry Lemonade

September 02, 2012

I am a firm believer that when life gives you lemons (or any fruit for that matter) you head to the kitchen make a lemon debutant cake, a lemon pound cake, lemon bars, and a batch of lemonade. Life has not handed me any lemons as of late, so I went to smart and final and bought two large bags. Usually while listening to my favorite podcast I will zest and juice the lemons then put everything in the freezer for future use.

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*½ cup berry puree
½ cup lemon juice
**½ cup simple syrup
4 cups sparkling water (still works too)

1. In a heat proof bowl mix simple syrup and berry puree
2. Microwave syrup-berry mixture on high for 4 minutes
3. Remove from microwave and whisk vigorously
4. Strain mixture through a fine mesh sieve
5. In a pitcher mix syrup-berry mixture, lemon juice, and water
6. Serve over ice

*To make berry puree blend your favorite berries (fresh or frozen) until smooth. If using frozen berries thaw and first before adding to blender.
** To make simple syrup place 4 cups of sugar and 1½ cups water in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves

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