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Blackberry Lemonade

 Blackberry Lemonade
This is a great beverage for any summer gathering, whenever blackberries are in season—usually June and July. It has a tangy, refreshing flavor.—Rich Murray, Nevada, Missouri
6 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1 to 2 drops blue food coloring, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring 2 cups water and sugar to a boil. Boil for
  • 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Stir in the
  • lemon juice, lemon peel and remaining water; cool slightly.
  • In a blender, combine 1 cup of lemon mixture and the blackberries;
  • cover and process until blended. Strain and discard seeds. Pour
  • blackberry mixture and remaining lemon mixture into a pitcher; stir
  • well. Add food coloring if desired. Refrigerate until chilled. Serve
  • in chilled glasses over ice. Yield: about 1-1/2 quarts.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 152 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 1 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, trace protein.