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