Blackberry Lemonade

This blackberry lemonade came out more of a watermelon color, just something I noticed. :) I'm glad to have used my blackberry syrup that I made yesterday for this! The blackberries bring a new twist to all the lemonade I've been drinking recently. 

I'd like to think I'm getting an extra boost of nutrients form the blackberries, even if they are consumed by sugar. Wishful thinking? Probably, I'm good for that.

Either way, I'm making my little contribution to the lemonade community but there are many other creative and unique lemonades out there like this, this and this.

Makes: 2 quarts

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 0 minutes

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1 cup of lemonade - approximately 8-10 medium sized lemons
  • 1 cup of blackberry syrup - You'll need about 10 minutes and 1/2 a cup of blackberries + 1 cup sugar, check out the directions in that upper link!
  • 1 1/2 quarts of water - 6 cups
  • 2 cups of ice
  • Extra blackberries for garnish - optional

Directions:

  • In a large pitcher, blend blackberry syrup with lemon juice. Make sure the syrup dilutes in the lemon juice. 
  • Add water and ice and stir. 
  • Garnish with blackberries 
  • Serve

Blueberry Raspberry Kefir Sorbet without an Ice Cream Maker

If you don't have an ice cream maker, don't fret, because where there's a will there's a way. A pretty simple way in this instance. So if you've been dreaming of warm days and cool treats, try making your own sorbet. It won't make the warm days come any faster, but you'll be ready when they get here.

This recipe involves a lot of waiting, but it's simple, very simple, like stick it in a food processor, stick it in a pan, stick it in the freezer simple. You can do this.

Not only is this recipe delicious, but super healthy. I used whole fruit and kefir, which adds a boost of probiotics and protein.

 

Here's what you'll need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of frozen raspberries and blueberries

  • 1 cup kefir - I used raspberry

  • 1/8 cup simple syrup or honey - I used raspberry simple syrup. Get the recipe here.

  • Juice from one orange

  • 1 tablespoon of milk or water

  • Metal bowl - You can also use a metal sauce pan with a lid, or a bread pan with plastic wrap

  • Plastic wrap

 

Directions:

  • In a food processor mix berries, kefir, simple syrup and orange juice.

  • Place the mixture in a metal bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Place in the freezer for 4 hours.

  • Remove the mixture from the freezer and blend once more in a food processor and add 1 tablespoon of milk or water.

  • Replace the mixture in the metal bowl and cover for an additional 4 hours inside the freezer.

  • Before serving remove from the freezer and allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Oven-Roasted Grapefruit

Oven-Roasted Grapefruit

My mom has grapefruit, orange and lemon trees in her backyard and they pretty much overflow. I can always find use for the oranges and lemons but I've never really liked grapefruit. She sneaks one in to the batch every once in a while. I think it's wishful thinking. Since I don't like letting things go to waste, I scoured for ways to make grapefruit that I would like. I decided to try this over roasted grapefruit idea. I'm glad I did. This comes out so great. It's warm, sweet and just a little tart.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Grapefruit
  • 1 Teaspoon of Cinnamon Powder
  • 2 Tablespoons of Honey

Directions:

  •  Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
  •  Half your grapefruit
  • Put one tablespoon of honey on each half
  • Top each half with half a teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Bake for 15 minutes
Oven-Roasted Grapefruit sweetdisasters.com

It's a little tricky to get the honey onto the grapefruit. It wants to just slide right off. It's pretty fun to play with though, I finally just sandwiched the two sides together to smooth out the honey and cinnamon mixture.

Try these even if you aren't a grapefruit fan (I wasn't) because they are delicious and they'll make your house smell great.