Blackberry Limeade

A refreshing blend of sparkling water, simple syrup, fresh blackberries, and citrus creates this delightful summertime sipper.

Blackberry Limeade
Makes about 1½ quarts
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • Lime Simple Syrup (recipe follows), divided
  • 1½ cups sparkling water, chilled
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice, chilled
  • Garnish: lime slices, fresh blackberries
  1. In a medium bowl, combine blackberries and sugar. Let stand for 30 minutes.
  2. In the container of a blender, blend blackberry mixture until smooth. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, discarding solids.
  3. In a gallon-size pitcher, stir together 1½ cups Lime Simple Syrup, sparkling water, and lime juice. Add blackberry mixture, stirring to combine. Taste, and add remaining ¼ cup Lime Simple Syrup, if desired. Serve over ice. Garnish with lime slices and blackberries, if desired.

Lime Simple Syrup
  • 1½ cups water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1½ cups water, sugar, and zest to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat, and let cool completely.
  2. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into an airtight container. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

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May June 2022 cover of Southern Lady