While traveling recently, I’ve noticed that hotels like Marriot and Loews are offering complimentary refreshing beverages in their lobbies for parched and tired travelers. Who doesn’t love a nice glass of lemonade, for example, after being on a plane for 6 hours? Come to think of it, who doesn’t love a nice glass of it on a hot day? I know I sure do, but am totally turned off by all the ready-made brands since they are loaded with sugar and other undesirable ingredients. Even those artificially sweetened ones are gross and bad for you!
In my lemonade, I love to add a touch of somethin’ special to this classic favorite. For me that somethin’ special came in the form of mulberries which happen to be growing on my neighbor’s tree. Since no one ever picks them, she gave me free reign over however many I could pick. As soon as a bunch are big, plump and a deep purple, I’m out there picking them. I’ve already got two freezer bags filled and no need for awhile to buy berries at the market. They’re incredibly tasty – a mix between a blueberry and blackberry. If you’ve got a tree, definitely give them a try!
The beauty of this recipe is both it’s simplicity and versatility. You can use any type of berry that you choose – strawberry, blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, mulberry, etc. Plus, stevia adds a hint of sweetness without the sugar and empty calories. Trust me, this lemonade is perfect for the hot months ahead!
- 1/4 cup frozen berries of your choice
- 1 cup chilled water
- 2 lemon slices
- stevia – to taste
In your blender, combine the berries and 1 cup of water. Blend until you’ve got a nice puree.
Divide puree by pouring into two glasses and add up to 1 serving of stevia per glass and top with more water. Squeeze each lemon slice into it’s own glass and gently stir. Adjust the flavors to your palate and enjoy!!!
Makes 2 tall glasses.