Blackberry Sage Lemonade Sparklers

 Oh yeah. We are making sparkly lemonade today. Using beautiful blackberries and one of my favorite herbs – Sage. Can you say refreshingly delicious!? 

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This week was full of rainy days and some huge storms. I can’t even count how many times I was woken up by thunder, lightning or both these last couple of days. The hubby told me yesterday morning that I’ve been shushing the storms during my sleep with an old, grumpy voice that he didn’t know existed. I’m a pretty calm sleeper and usually I am the one putting up with Adam’s interesting sleeping behavior, but I guess stormy weather brings out my dark side – lol.

It’s been crazy, but I secretly love watching another storm roll in and completely change the sky. It’s so awe-inspiring and beautiful. I could watch it over and over again.

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The humidity levels have been out of control as well and while everyone is complaining about the sticky air, I am doing my happy dance. Because Blackberry Sage Sparklers are waiting in my fridge and they taste best when enjoyed on a hot, muggy day.

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Adding the wonderful aroma of herbs to something sweet can totally transform whatever it is you’re making and really challenge your palate – in a good way. Not only does it add another flavor component, but it really helps in intensifying and complementing the ingredients you use.

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Also, blackberries. I have yet to encounter a berry I don’t like and because raspberries and strawberries are receiving a lot of attention this time of year, I wanted to highlight blackberries. When perfectly ripened they tend to be pretty sweet, slightly bitter (which totally works in lemonade) and super juicy. And did I mention blackberries and sage go really, really well together?

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You can actually make this sparkling lemonade two ways.

Once you create the base for this recipe, you can either top it off with lemon-lime soda or plain sparkling water. I used soda and didn’t have to add any additional sugar, but if you choose to go with sparkling water, you would need to add sugar to the base. Both ways are included in the recipe and equally as delicious.

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It’s the perfect thing to whip up this weekend since tomorrow is the official start of summer. Weeee!

Blackberries Sage Lemonade Sparklers
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This sparkling lemonade will tickle your taste buds. You can’t beat homemade lemonade that comes together with only 5 ingredients or less and tastes so much better than the store-bought kind.
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Ingredients
  1. 8 lemons
  2. 1/2-3/4 cup granulated sugar (only add if you’re using plain sparkling water)
  3. Fresh sage leaves
  4. 12 oz. fresh or frozen blackberries, more for serving
  5. Sparkling water or lemon-lime soda
Instructions
  1. 1. Juice lemons and pour into a 2 quart pitcher. Add sugar (if using) and give it a good stir. Add 2-3 sage leaves. Set aside.
  2. 2. Puree blackberries in a blender until smooth and no chunks remain. If you don't mind the seeds, you can add the pureed blackberries to the juice in the pitcher (make sure the sugar is dissolved) right away. Blackberry seeds are bitter, so if you’re not a fan of bitterness, I recommend using a fine mesh strainer first to get rid of most of the seeds (that’s what I do). Add to the pitcher and stir well. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  3. 3. Shortly before you’re ready to serve the lemonade, add the sparkling water or lemon-lime soda, give it a good stir and serve with ice, additional blackberries and garnish with sage leaves, if desired.
Notes
  1. Lemonade sparklers are best when enjoyed immediately.
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  1. These sparklers sound delicious. Love the addition of sage

  2. This sounds so refreshing! I’ve never made a drink with herbs yet, but I bet that sage is perfect. Blackberries are a favorite of mine so I’m going to have to make this one!

  3. There have been bad storms by me all week, too! I don’t like when it rains during the day, but I love a good thunderstorm at night. This sparkler (love that name) looks delicious and so refreshing! Perfect for the 4th of July, too. Pinned!

  4. I love putting sage in cocktails, it’s so refreshing, isn’t it? Your sparklers are just gorgeous!

  5. This is simply AMAZING!!! If I had to live on one drink this summer, this would be it. Without a doubt!

  6. That’s so cozy you’ve been having thunderstorms! I sleep so well when it’s raining and storming outside. But I cannot even DEAL with humidity! I’m so spoiled here in California. I have family who lives in Kansas, and everytime I walk off the plane I feel like I’m in a steam room. Too hot!

    These lemonade sparklers sound delicious! Love that you added sage to them!

  7. While I cannot relate to the stormy/humid weather (I’m from California), I CAN relate to your love of blackberries! Yum! And this drink sounds so amazing!

  8. I can definitely relate to lack of sleep = grumpy voice! Definitely calls for some blackberry lemonade … breakfast appropriate?? 🙂 Gorgeously refreshing is right! Pinned!

  9. Haha, love that you are shushing the storms in your sleep. This sparkler looks delicious! I love blackberries and agree they need more attention 😀 Great combination of flavors.

  10. I would totally be doing a happy dance too if these sparklers were waiting in my fridge. They look so delicious! Love the blackberries with sage combo – so refreshing 🙂

  11. Yumm!! These look so yummy – I am getting excited over how bubbly they look. Love the colours too – so cute for your upcoming 4th of July!

  12. haha I love that you were shushing the storms in your sleep! That’s amazing : ) It’s been bad weather here too – lots of storms!

    Along with the humidity … I could definitely use one (or four!) of these lemonade sparklers!

  13. These sparklers look so refreshing and delicious! Perfect for summer gatherings, I’m sure. I’m definitely going to have to try these! Oh and your photos are absolutely gorgeous.
    Pinning!

  14. Your photos are gorgeous, Kathi! I’m loving the combo of berries and herbs that I’m seeing lately, and this sparkler is no exception. I need to get my hands on some fresh sage. We started our garden late this year, and I didn’t get it planted. I’m certain our farmer’s market would have it.

    Too bad we weren’t closer to each other. I’d watch the storms with you! It’s one of my favorite things about the summer season. Ominous clouds can be so beautiful and eerie. Storms are fun to watch!

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  16. Lori Fortwendel says:

    I’m going to try this with wild mulberry!

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