Fresh picked blackberries from the local farm makes for a refreshing Blackberry Agua Fresca.
How gorgeous are these blackberries? That color is just perfect. Blackberries are my favorite berry of them all. I know it is really hard to pick favorites but if I had to choose, I would have to pick the blackberry. I remember growing up my Grandma had the biggest blackberry bush on the side of her driveway. Every year I looked forward to late summer when the blackberries were finally ripe. I could eat bowl full of those berries. Sadly many years ago my Grandpa decided to cut down the blackberry bush. I was devastated. I still remember that tree and the memories of my Grandma when I see a blackberry today. This summer I really wanted to go blackberry picking. Before this summer, I had never been before. I found a berry farm that offered u-pick blackberries and I couldn't have been happier.
I just love u-picks! I think it is one of my favorite things about living in West Michigan. There is no shortage of u-pick farms and orchards. Seasonal eating has become really important to me over the past few years and picking your own berries is a great way to take advantage of what is in season.
Besides eating the berries fresh, I wanted to make a light and refreshing drink. Agua frescas are my go-to beverage when I want a simple and easy drink. Agua frescas are a great way to highlight seasonal fruits without having to add lots of sugar. For this Blackberry Agua Fresca I only added a few tablespoons of agave nectar. You can always add more if you prefer your drinks on the really sweet side. I also added in the juice of a lime. Blackberries and lime go really well together. A perfect drink to enjoy before the weather cools down and fall is officially here.
- 2 Cups Blackberries
- 4 Cups Water, divided
- Juice of 1 Lime
- 3-4 Tablespoons Agave Nectar, or to taste
- Ice for serving
- Add the blackberries, 2 cups of the water, lime juice and agave nectar to a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and add more agave or lime juice if needed
- Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the blackberry water into a large pitcher.
- Pour in the remaining 2 cups of water and stir.
- Chill until ready to serve.
- Serve over ice and enjoy