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Healthy Blackberry Basil Lemonade

Healthy Blackberry Basil Lemonade

Nisha Vora
This refreshing Blackberry Basil Lemonade is so unique you’ll never want to make classic lemonade again. Made with just 5 ingredients, it’s easy to make, refined sugar-free, and guaranteed to cool you down during the summer.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine New American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 3/4 cup (~180 mL) pure maple syrup*
  • 1 cup (240 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6 large juicy lemons)
  • 6 to 8 cups (1.4 -1.9 L) water or sparkling water
  • 12 ounces (340g) fresh blackberries
  • 1/2 cup (~10g) basil leaves
  • Ice for serving
  • Optional: to make this an adult beverage, add 1 – 1.5 ounces (30-45 mL) of vodka or gin per serving, and stir to combine.

Instructions
 

  • Combine the maple syrup and freshly squeezed lemon juice in a large pitcher. Stir in the water or sparkling water.
  • Add the blackberries and basil to a food processor. Puree until the berries are completely broken down.
  • Transfer the blackberry-basil puree to a fine mesh sieve placed over a bowl or over the pitcher. Using a large spoon, continuously press the puree through the sieve so the juice goes into the bowl/pitcher and all the fruit pulp and seeds are left in the sieve. Reserve the pulp and seeds for another use, such as smoothies or jam.

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Notes

* To make the lemonade less sweet, you can use less maple syrup or add more water. To make it sweeter, add more maple syrup or use less water.
Keyword blackberry, gluten-free, lemonade, refined sugar free
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