Sunday, July 17, 2011

Black Raspberry Ginger Lemonade with Mint

It feels like 105 degrees today and yet I still managed to spend some time outside.  I was only out for an hour, and when I got back inside I felt as if someone had dumped a bucket of water over my head from sweating so much, as the dewpoint is at 79%.  Why do I live in Minnesota again? Despite the humidity, my time outdoors was worth it.  I went berry picking.  Beautiful wild black raspberries to be specific! 

They are like little delicious deep purple jewels of goodness!  I actually prefer the flavor of the black ones to the red, they are sweeter and the flavor is more concentrated.  I wish I could have a large bush of them growing in my back yard, but I have to settle for going elsewere to find them.  That is ok though, it is more interesting that way. 

So today when I came home all hot and sweaty, full of bug bites and scratches from the raspberry bushes and I needed something cold and refreshing to drink to cool off.  I decided a black raspberry ginger lemonade with mint.  I figured I might as well make something featuring the delicious harvest I had just gathered.  It hit the spot and cooled me off.  The drink was sweet and tart, refreshing and cooling, perfect for curing the effects of the nasty humidity!  Hope it is cooler where you are, but if not, make one for yourself and enjoy!
Black Raspberry Ginger Lemonade with Mint
Makes 1

6 fresh mint leaves
about 6 ice cubes
1/3 cup black raspberries
2 Tbsp ginger syrup* or to taste
1/3 cup lemon juice
ice cubes
ice water

In a large glass, muddle mint with ice until mint is crushed up, then add berries and mush a bit to release juices.  Add ginger syrup, 1/3 cup lemon juice, and a few ice cubes, along with enough cold water to fill the glass and stir until blended. 
*Ginger Syrup
1 inch piece of ginger
1/2 cup boiling water
1/2 cup agave nectar
Combine all ingredients in a clean jar and stir to dissolve agave nectar.  Place in the fridge and let sit overnight, or a few days before using.  Remove ginger and use to sweeten drinks with a kick!


janet@cupcakestocaviar said...

Amy, I am soooo jealous. The only thing that grows wild around here is the neighbors kids and thorny bitter blackberries. Those Raspberries look gorgeous! As did the lemonade :-D

Wilde in the Kitchen said...

This looks so good and refreshing! It's been so hot around here recently too! THIs would be amazing.

Tiffany said...

I'm not a raspberry fan, but I would drink of gallon of this made with blackberries or even blueberries!

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FamilySpice said...

Oh yes, this looks totally refreshing! Can I have a glass???