A summer favorite, Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade. A glass or two of this, a big shade tree, and a cool breeze are all you need to make your day complete. What a way to chill out on a hot day.
Yes we had a mini cool down and August comes with the dog days of summer, hit 100 again. My tomatoes are not happy about this heat, I swear they’re cooking right on the vine. So forget your worries and make yourself a big glass of this southern classic Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade, it’ll put a big ole smile on your face.
We first had this Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade at an awesome little off the wall place over in Illinois, on our way back from the Country Fair in Madison County. we had some good Cajun food that day from Who Dats in Troy, IL. Who Dats has some really good authentic Cajun food. Their menu also has a cute story about how the owners, “A boy from New Orleans and a girl from the Midwest”, originally met.
So I just checked their Facebook page and found out we missed the “Frog Leg Festival”, not something you normally hear about in these parts. Definitely have to mark our calendar for next year.
I just love small town charm. The people are always friendlier, there’s a whole different vibe. More laid back and not as much rushing around. It reminds me of when I was little and visited relatives in the country. They didn’t have air conditioners back then so they had to chill under the big shade tree in the heat of the day. It’s a good thing to slow down, put your phone away and reminisce in conversation with some loved ones over an ice cold drink.
I almost forgot to take a picture of the bottle of bourbon that we used. It is a local brand called “Rebel Yell”, but you can use your favorite brand; Jack Daniels, Kentucky Bourbon, Jim Beam, Johnnie Walker etc.. We made the pitcher of Blackberry Lemonade and poured it over however much bourbon you like in the bottom of your glass, add a little ice and set back and enjoy!
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- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons) (or your favorite lemonade)
- 3 cups cold water
- 1 12 oz bottle ginger ale (optional if you want bubbles) (You could use sparkling wine, if no one has to drive afterwards)
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced for garnish
- Blackberries for garnish
- Fresh mint leaves for garnish
- 1 skewer for each glass
Blackberry Mint Simple Syrup
- 6 oz fresh blackberries
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 10 mint leaves, roughly chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- In a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, stir together the water, sugar, blackberries and 10 mint leaves. Bring to a simmer, stirring, until the sugar has dissolved. Increase heat to medium and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes, then set aside off the heat to cool. Pour and smash blackberries through a wire strainer.
- Once the syrup is cool, pour it into a 2-quart pitcher. Add the lemon juice and cold water. Add as much ginger ale as you would like (if you are wanting it bubbly), then stir well.
- Garnish each glass with lemon slices cupped around a blackberry and slide onto a skewer, and float fresh mint leaves over the top.
- Serve over ice and bourbon.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 137Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 21mgCarbohydrates 35gFiber 3gSugar 31gProtein 1g
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