Healthy Indulgence: Blackberry Lemonade
Did you know? Blackberry Lemonade:
- helps soothe a sore throat
- supports healthy kidney function
- helps remove toxins from the body
- helps alleviate heavy periods
Blackberries are a great medicine if you have a painful or swollen throat, mouth, or gums. Their antioxidant, kidney-toning, and detoxifying properties make them a must-have when in season.
Collect the leaves too, because a blackberry-leaf infusion enhances the anti-inflammatory effects further. Serve with ice, or as a warm drink, if you have a throat condition.
4 tsp dried blackberry leaves, or 12 fresh leaves
2 cups blackberries, rinsed
2 lemons, juiced, plus a few thin slices for decoration (optional)
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 To make an infusion with the leaves, boil 1¼ cups water, pour over the leaves, and let it infuse for 10 minutes. Strain the mixture, reserving the liquid to use in the lemonade. Discard the leaves.
2 Place the blackberries in a food processor or blender and purée to a pulp. If you don’t like the gritty texture of the seeds in your drink, strain the pulp through a fine mesh strainer and collect the smooth juice.
3 Pour the lemon juice, blackberry juice, and 1 cup of the blackberry leaf infusion into a pitcher, add the maple syrup, and stir well. Pour into large glasses, decorate each with a slice of lemon, and serve.