Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade

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A tart and refreshing blackberry-vanilla lemonade spiked with vodka

Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade

 

Happy Friday!!  Are you ready for the weekend?  I am sure you are, but even if you are not, I have a fun drink for you!  After the long week I had, this spiked lemonade is the perfect way to end a Friday.  Plus it has vanilla beans in it!  I love just about anything with vanilla, so when I saw a drink that used actual vanilla beans, I couldn’t help myself.

Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade

A couple months ago I made a Skinny Blackberry Margarita that you guys seemed to enjoy, just as much as I did.  The color is just so pretty, how can you go wrong?  This time blackberries are paired with lemon, for a sweet and tart combination.  The vanilla adds a subtle depth of flavor.  If you didn’t have vanilla beans, you could just leave them out.  But if you have them, it is worth breaking them out for.

Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade

I had vanilla vodka on hand, so I used that to up the vanilla flavor.  Regular vodka would work equally well, so use what you have.  And if you want to skip the vodka all together, just add water.  You will still have a great tasting lemonade that the kids can enjoy too.  You can make a full pitcher to enjoy all weekend long.  My friend, Megan and I enjoyed this pitcher over a couple nights the other weekend.  They were perfect after a day out in the hot sun.

Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade
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Spiked Blackberry Vanilla Lemonade

By Erin
A tart and refreshing blackberry-vanilla lemonade spiked with vodka
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 5 cups fresh blackberries
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 vanilla bean, , halved lengthwise
  • 2 1/2 cups vanilla vodka
  • water

Instructions 

  • Put blackberries and sugar in a food processor. Process until well blended. Press the mixture through a sieve, into a pitcher. Pour in the fresh lemon juice. Scrape in the seeds from the vanilla bean. Stir in the vodka. Add water to get to the 2 quart line on your pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve over ice.

Notes

Adapted from Cooking Light

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 222kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 22g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Drink Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 222
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Welcome to Dinners, Dishes, & Desserts where my love of food meets my busy life. My name is Erin and I’m a casual home cook who loves to feed people. On this blog, you’ll find hundreds of quick and easy recipes made mostly from scratch. My days are spent in the kitchen, creating new recipes to share with family and friends.

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13 Comments

  1. The colors and flavors of this look terrific! I love vanilla bean immensely and never thought to use it in a beverage. 🙂

  2. What a STUNNING drink! Perfect for summer. Wish I was sipping on this right now as I browse through blogs. Smile!!

  3. Pretty drink! I don’t often make drinks just because I’d rather eat my calories but this would be awesome for a party. Such a striking color! 🙂