It's still really hot here in Phoenix--we've gotta stay cool!
Although I have been seeing the fall and autumn decor pouring into my newsfeed and on my favorite blogger sites, I cannot help but laugh: us Arizonians still feel like it's summer since it's so dang hot outside still! For those of you who don't know what Phoenix weather is like, it will be in high end of the 90s probably for the remainder of the month, and then all through September too. So with that said, I am still on the hunt for a refreshing drink to help keep my temperature down and stay hydrated!
Adam loves having lemonade around the house, but to me it can get old after a while. So, I was inspired to experiment and throw a few wild berries into our lemonade and let it sit, and we were both pleasantly surprised how incredibly easy it was to get a totally different flavor that is SO GOOD!
(yields 1/2 large pitcher)
-4 cups filtrated water
-1 1/2 cups white sugar
-3/4 cup lemon juice
-1 1/4 cup washed, mixed wild berries
Use a small sauce pan to mix your sugar 1/2 cup of your water and then bring it to a boil; stir to dissolve the sugar. Remove from stovetop and let cool. Once it's room temperature, throw it into the fridge and let it cool. In the mean time, grab your lemon juice and filter it so that the seeds are removed but don't be afraid to add a little pulp if you like that! Once your syrup mixture in the fridge is fully cooled, mix with your lemon juice throughly with the rest of the water and then pour entirety of your lemonade into a pitcher for serving. Throw in your berries and infuse your lemonade for at least 30 mins.
For a stronger berry flavor, let it sit overnight!
Pro Tips: Since we originally wrote this recipe, we've also found that freezing your berries and then using them as ice cubes is also great! It's also important to wash off your berries if they are from the store.
Serve over ice and enjoy!
What are some of your favorite drinks to stay cool besides water?