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Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer, Or, My Personal Refresh Button

Somewhere, far away, there is a magical land void of nearly all humidity, with a constant daytime temperature between 65º and 74º.

This land might be called Southern California, but regardless of its name or location, one thing is clear: I do not live there. And until I do, I will spend summers melted to the couch, cat hairs glued to every sweaty pore, and whining like a baby pterodactyl.

Blackberry lemonade spritzer was invented for sticky grumpy times like these.

Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer || Jade and Fern

(Actually, the weather has been tolerable this week, but I planned this post a few weeks ago and am a lazy-ass blogger, so I’m rolling with it. At least now we’ll be prepared for when the humidity inevitably strikes again).

This drink is sooooo delicious and sooooo refreshing. I mean, obviously lemonade is an instant summer pick-me-up. Add in homemade blackberry syrup and fizzy sparkling water, and we’ve almost got ourselves a mocktail, folks. I’ll take 50.

Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer || Jade and Fern

Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer || Jade and Fern

Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer

Serves 6

Time: 20 min. prep, 2.5 hours to chill

What You Need:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup regular water
  • 1.5 cups blackberries
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice (from approx. 8 lemons, depending on juiciness)
  • 4 cups sparkling water or club soda
  • lemon slices and blackberries to garnish

Step One – Combine the regular water, sugar, and blackberries in a small saucepan, and heat on medium until just boiling. Whisk thoroughly until the sugar has dissolved, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until the blackberries are soft enough to crush with a spoon. Remove from heat and set aside.

Step Two – While the blackberry mixture is cooling, juice the lemons and pour into a large pitcher.

Step Three – Strain the cooled blackberry mixture into the lemon juice, discarding the boiled blackberries. (It’s ok to leave in some bits, but be warned that those blackberries turn into little sugar bombs during cooking; too many will make the final drink way too sweet!). Add the sparkling water and stir well.

Step Four – Chill for two hours. Then pour over ice, garnish with lemon slices and blackberries, and enjoy!

Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer || Jade and Fern

Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer || Jade and Fern

I’m obviously not a summer person—what about you? What’s your favorite hot-weather treat?

Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer || Jade and Fern

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  • http://www.burritosandbubbly.com Kerry / Burritos & Bubbly

    This looks AMAZING. I will be making some asap!

    • http://www.idlehandsawake.com Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Thanks so much, Kerry! :D If you do make some, I’d love to see a photo! Just tag me on instagram.

  • http://ladyfaceblog.blogspot.com Becca

    O. M. G. This looks dreamy! I hated summer on the east coast when I lived there. Definitely better in the west. You should come to Seattle! We have cloudy, rainy winters, but the very best summers. Seriously, I think they’re why most people keep living here!

    XOXO
    Becca | Ladyface Blog

    • http://www.idlehandsawake.com Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      I’ve always wanted to visit Seattle! It sounds dreamy. I don’t think a move is in our near future, but if we visit I will definitely hit you up! xoxo

  • http://www.homeyohmy.com Amy @ Homey Oh My!

    Damn that looks good!! Gorgeous color, too.
    I much prefer cold to heat, but this SoCal weather is a great in-between ;) I remember the hot and sticky humid summers in Chicago- can’t stand em, and I won’t!

    • http://www.idlehandsawake.com Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      I LONG to try SoCal weather! I think we will end up there at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later!). Thanks for your sweet words! xoxo

  • http://www.seitanismymotor.com Mihl

    I really wonder why I have to melt on the couch and it’s not even blackberry season here. This looks wonderfully refreshing indeed.

    • http://www.idlehandsawake.com Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Thank you thank you! I have heard about your heat waves–hopefully the blackberries come soon!

  • http://www.goedekers.com/blog Sarah

    That looks wonderfully refreshing!

    • http://www.idlehandsawake.com Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Thank you, and thanks for stopping by! :D

  • http://cleartheway.net Kate

    This recipe looks so promising, and I love the photos. Your blog is so great.

    • http://www.idlehandsawake.com Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Wow, thank you, that is so sweet! :)

  • http://thecraftedlife.com Rachel | The Crafted Life

    Oh yum, this looks delicious! Also you are killing it with your photography here! So, so good :)

    • http://www.idlehandsawake.com Marlene @ Jade and Fern

      Aww, thank you so much! I got really into photographing those blackberries. :P

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