The Ultimate Blackberry Limeade

by Heather on July 18, 2011

There’s just something about summer that makes me crave limeades like no other part of the year.

It’s a throw-back to a simpler time when you could actually sit outside at Sonic and sip said limeade slowly.  Where you didn’t have to drive off and suck it down before the next thing in your day, and where you could eat all of the Sonic ice in the cup afterwards.  Where I could sit on top of the massive freezers after work and chat with my friends into the early morning hours, that trusty limeade next to you the whole time.


All of that was only in the past 10 years but it still just seems so long ago.  Excuse me while I listen to Cat Stevens and Simon & Garfunkel and relive the good ol’ days…

Wait, what’s that?  Those aren’t normal artists for someone in their mid-20′s to love?  Pish posh…my parents were musical connoisseurs and my sister and I were raised on it.  Totally normal, and anytime I need to feel close to home I turn on my Simon & Garfunkel radio on Pandora and daydream away.


Just thought you should know.  You should do the same thing and your life will be changed, promise.


Anyway, back to limeades.  They’re amazing and summery and have just the right amount of sweetness and tartness to make my stomach leap for joy within me.  They quench your thirst and leave you begging for more…and if that’s not a classic drink, then I don’t know what is!

Yesterday I was really craving a cherry limeade from Sonic but decided it was way too hot to actually sit outside and enjoy it the way I wanted to.  So I did the next best thing and made my own at home.


But wait, no cherries?!  No problem!  Frozen blackberries saved the day with this one, and I’m so glad that I used them.  I just took the basics in my Ultimate Strawberry Lemonade recipe and went to work!


(makes 2 pint-glass servings with ice)

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 large limes at room temperature; you can roll them around on a cutting board with some pressure to release the juices
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup of blackberries (you could use fresh, but I think the frozen works better here – just make sure you thaw them slightly if using frozen)

In a blender squeeze the limes and add the rest of the lime, rind and all.  Pour in the water and sugar.  Add the blackberries.  Pulse until everything starts to come together and the rind is starting to be processed.  Pour the contents of the blender into a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves…no need to boil, you just want the flavors to come together and the sugar crystals to disappear.  Refrigerate for about 1 hour, then strain into glasses loaded with ice.  Enjoy!

Ah, the good ol’ days…I think my evening tonight will consist of some James Taylor (who, I’m sorry to say, I missed on tour in Denver by only a week) and more limeade on the back porch…

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{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jessica @ How Sweet July 18, 2011

This is SO pretty. And um… James? That’s my day EVERY SINGLE DAY!!


2 Heather July 18, 2011

i know it is, i love him too! he pops up on simon & garfunkel radio all.the.time and it makes my day :)


3 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. July 18, 2011

looks so good! I am making this!


4 Mrs. Fish July 18, 2011

Getting limeades at Sonic was one of my favorite college memories! I love the addition of blackberries. :)


5 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen July 18, 2011

These are gorgeous. It’s the perfect, hot weather for one right now.


6 Krystina (Organically Me) July 18, 2011

These look SO refreshing!


7 Lynne @ 365 Days of Baking July 18, 2011

Gorgeous pictures and they look delicious!


8 Sara B July 18, 2011

Believe it or not, I’ve been living in the South for almost 4 years and have never been to Sonic! This sounds like a fun recipe. Thanks!


9 Julie @SavvyEats July 18, 2011

Sooooo pretty and I’m LOVING drinks made with fresh fruit lately!


10 Estela @ Weekly Bite July 18, 2011

What a refreshing drink for the summer! YUM :)


11 Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) July 18, 2011

your drinks always look so good!


12 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun July 18, 2011

I have never had Sonic. Crazy, I know! and blackberry wins out over cherry every day in my book!


13 Urban Wife July 18, 2011

I love the addition of the rinds. That really makes the tartness burst through and I’m all about that! :)


14 Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde July 18, 2011

Its soooo hot here in Ontario right now, this looks like the perfect thing to cool down
Can’t wait to make it :)


15 Gena July 18, 2011

So beautiful and refreshing!


16 stacy July 18, 2011

Yum! There isn’t enough blackberry in my life…


17 Mikaela Cowles July 18, 2011

This looks like the perfect way to end a day and I LOVE Simon & Garfunkel!!! You do indeed have good taste.


18 Chelsea Talks Smack July 18, 2011

Wow, these look SO YUMMY.


19 Maria July 18, 2011

Love the color!


20 Lena July 18, 2011

Great post! I will definitely be trying your version of the cherry limeade soon :)


21 Mads July 18, 2011

Woah, adding the rind probably gives this limeade an awesome kick!
I’ve been on a smoothie jag lately to beat the heat, but this might end up in the regular rotation.


22 Cookin' Canuck July 18, 2011

What a refreshing drink! This would be a wonderful pick-me-up drink in the middle of the day.


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