Blackberry Sage & Ginger Lemonade

 


One of the best things about this drink is that it is really different. If you’re a fan of the Melting Pot, then you may have heard of (or tried) something like this before, but if you haven’t then you are in for a special treat. This drink is sweet and tangy, with a hint of spice from the ginger, and earthiness from the sage. The flavors really come together and complement each other well in this unique pairing.

I changed up the Melting Pot’s version by adding ginger–enough to taste, but not enough to be overwhelming (as ginger can sometimes be). It adds a bit of warmth and a great amount of flavor.

Ingredients:

2- 6oz packages blackberries
20 sage leaves
2 c. sugar
2 c. water
2 tbsp. minced ginger (or to taste)

1-1/2 c lemon juice
8 c. water

Directions:

In a sauce pan, bring to a boil the 2 c of water with the sugar, berries and sage leaves (tear as you put in the pan). Bruise, crush, muddle, etc., the leaves and berries as they boil to help release the sage oils and break the berries down. You’ll notice that as they cook, the berries turn from their rich, blackish-purple to a bright red. In fact they almost look like raspberries!

                                

Boil gently for 10 minutes. Set aside, cool completely.

When cooled, use an immersion blender or food processor/blender to blend the remaining berries in the berry liquid until it is all liquefied. Try not to spray bright red berry juice all over your counter like I did. It’s sticky and not fun to clean.

Strain the berry juice through a fine mesh strainer to remove any seed particles and un-processed leaves. You should have somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 cups.

If you’re making homemade lemonade, juice your lemons until you have about 1 c. of lemon juice.

Mix your lemon juice and the8 c. water. Add 1 cup of the berry reduction and stir. Adjust to your taste. Enjoy!


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