My Plant-Based Week
My Plant-Based Week

Mixed Berry Lemon Cooler

This past weekend was Labor Day and we decided to grill some veggie burgers and ears of corn. I threw together some broccoli salad to go with it and it was a nice meal. As Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer here in the Mid-West, I wanted to also have a really refreshing summery drink to go along with our barbeque meal.


My whole family absolutely loves tart lemonade and it's so easy to make, so I decided that would be the perfect choice for our beverage. But of course, I couldn't just leave it at lemonade. I had to put the McDaniel spin on it!


I threw together some water, frozen berries, sugar and erythritol crystals and heated the mixture to create a sort of simple syrup. Once cooled, I pureed and strained that mixture and added it to the juice of several fresh lemons and topped it off with enough water to make 2 quarts.


The result was nicely tart with a strong berry flavor that was so delicious, everyone was making "mmm" sounds as they sipped.










Mixed Berry Lemon Cooler (Prep Time: 20 minutes  Yield: 2 Quarts



2 cups water

1 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 cup natural cane sugar

¾ cup Erythritol crystals

Juice from 8 large lemons



  1. In a medium saucepan, place the water, berries, sugar and erythritol. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until sugar and erythritol are completely dissolved and berries break down. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  2. While syrup is cooling, jucie the lemons into a 2-quart pitcher. Once syrup has cooled a bit, place into a high speed blender and  process until smooth.
  3. Strain all of the syrup through a fine mesh sieve into the pitcher with the fresh lemon juice. Press the pulp in the sieve to release as much of the syrup as possible.
  4. Add enough cold water to bring the volume up to 2 full quarts and mix well. Serve over ice.

Hi! I'm Milissa and my passions are healthy, mostly-plant-based food, saving money, enjoying my family, living in grace and honoring God.

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