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.
1cup(240 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6 large juicy lemons)
6 to 8cups(1.4 -1.9 L) water or sparkling water
12ounces(340g) fresh blackberries
1/2cup(~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.
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.
* 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.