By Emily Etheredge
Although the origin of the recipe is a well-kept secret, when the summer months come around, Chilton Research and Extension Center Director Jim Pitts’ blackberry lemonade is a popular treat.
Pitts said blackberries typically arrive toward the end of May and can last until mid-July with several different varieties available including Ouachita and Apache throughout the county.
“I think a common myth people think when they associate picking blackberries is they will get bitten by snakes,” Pitts laughingly said. “Snakes don’t come with blackberry plants and you shouldn’t be afraid of that.”
Regarding the lemonade, Pitts said his recipe is the perfect treat for a hot, summer day.
“Serve the lemonade over ice and you have yourself a delicious treat,” Pitt said.
Prep: 10 minutes
2 cups fresh blackberries
7 cups water
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 (1.9 ounce) package sugar-free pink lemonade drink mix
Garnishes: fresh mint sprigs, lemon slices
Process blackberries briefly in a blender, stopping to scrape down sides. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a 2-quart pitcher, discarding solids.
Process in juicer or food mill.
Stir in 7 cups water, sugar and drink mix. Serve over ice; garnish, if desired.
Yields 2 quarts.