Blackberry-Mint Lemonade

Weekend in Chico aside, it’s been a very mild summer. Unlike last year, there hasn’t been a single day so far where I’ve felt like it’s too hot to go on living. No 100+ degree days with a billion percent humidity. No relentlessly sunny days without a hint of cloud cover. It’s actually been a pretty rainy summer, which you’d think that’d be a bad thing, but really – all that rain keeps our plants happy, and the rainstorms have been pretty great for heat and pollen management.

I’m hoping that this mild summer continues, but Dan tells me that the Cali heatwave is supposed to be moving east soon. Ugh! I hope the rumors are wrong, but if they aren’t I have a whole arsenal of recipes to help me beat the heat, including this new blackberry-mint lemonade recipe that Dan and I have been loving all weekend. It’s tart, it’s sweet, and it has a great kick of mint that cools you off  as soon as it hits your tongue.  Pour yourself a big glassful over some leftover berry ice cubes, and you’ve got yourself the perfect summer drink.

If you want to get really crazy, add some tequila to your glass and voila! Margarita! Fact: there is never a bad time for a margarita. Especially when you have a ton of lemonade and berries leftover from your last blog post, and basically already have 95% of the  ingredients for margaritas in a pitcher. It’s a no-brainer.

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