Blackberry Lemon Water

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If you’re looking for a way to stay hydrated that isn’t so boring, here’s what you need. Refreshing Blackberry Lemon Infused Water combines the tartness of fresh blackberries with the freshness of lemon.

(To be clear, this recipe isn’t sweet. The fruit is refreshing and delicious, but it’s just flavored water. You can add a little sweetener if you’d like, but I never do.)

A close-up side view of a pitcher filled with blackberry lemon infused water, showing ice, blackberries, lemon slices, and mint leaves inside the pitcher.

Blackberry Lemon Infused Water

Perfectly refreshing on a hot day, this is a simple blend of fruit and water that's easy to make and looks beautiful in the pitcher.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Serving Size 4 people

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 lemon thinly sliced
  • 8 cups cold water approximately 2 liters
  • fresh mint leaves optional: A handful
  • ice cubes
  • honey, agave syrup, or sugar free sweetener optional: To taste

Instructions 

  • Layer the Ingredients. In a large pitcher, place the blackberries at the bottom. Add the thinly sliced lemon on top. If you're using mint, add it now for an extra layer of flavor.
    A close-up top view of a clear pitcher filled with water, lemon slices, mint leaves, and blackberries that are partially submerged, set on a rustic wooden surface.
  • Muddle Gently. Using a muddler or the back of a spoon, gently press down on the blackberries and lemon slices. This helps to release their flavors. Be careful not to crush them completely.
    top-down view inside a clear pitcher filled with water, showcasing lemon slices, blackberries, and green mint leaves at the bottom, on a wooden table with a blue and white patterned cloth.
  • Add Ice and water. Fill the pitcher with ice cubes to about halfway. Add cold water to fill the pitcher. Stir gently to combine all the ingredients.
    A clear pitcher on a wooden table against a window, filled with water infused with blackberries and lemon slices, showing a vibrant gradient of color from the berries at the bottom.
  • Sweeten if Desired. If you prefer a slightly sweeter drink, stir in honey or agave syrup to your taste.
  • Chill. Let the pitcher chill in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours. This allows the flavors to infuse thoroughly.
  • Serve: Pour the infused water into glasses, making sure each glass gets a few blackberries and lemon slices.

Notes

The longer the water infuses, the more pronounced the flavors will be. Overnight infusion often yields the best results.
For a fizzy twist, replace half of the still water with sparkling water.
Use a fine mesh strainer when serving if you prefer to keep the fruit and herbs out of your glass

The sweet blackberries and tangy lemon create a refreshing and delicious taste. This recipe requires minimal prep time and no cooking. It’s incredibly easy to make.

A close-up side view of a glass of infused water with blackberries, a lemon slice, and mint leaves visible, set against a blue and white patterned backdrop.

🥣 important tools and ingredients

  • Blackberries. Blackberries add a sweet and slightly tart flavor. This flavor is the backbone of this drink’s taste profile.
  • Lemon. Fresh lemons are essential for this recipe’s refreshing citrusy flavor. You can substitute limes for a slightly different twist.
  • Mint Leaves (optional). Mint leaves, often near herbs in produce, bring a cool, fresh element to the drink. They enhance its overall taste and aroma.
  • Honey, Agave Syrup, or Sugar-Free Sweetener (optional). These sweeteners are found in the baking or health food aisles. They allow customization of the drink’s sweetness to suit individual preferences. Honey adds a rich, floral sweetness. Agave syrup offers a vegan alternative. Sugar-free sweeteners are ideal for those monitoring their sugar intake.
An overhead view of a bowl of fresh blackberries, a whole lemon, and a bunch of mint leaves on a wooden table, ingredients typically used for making infused water.

These ingredients are easily found at any local grocery store. They come together to make a beverage that’s delightful to the senses and good for your health. This recipe is enjoyable year-round. But it’s best in the summer when blackberries are at their peak of freshness and flavor.

  • Large Pitcher. A large pitcher is crucial for combining and infusing all the ingredients. It allows enough space for the flavors to meld together .
  • Muddler or Spoon. You need a muddler or the back of a spoon to press the fruits. This releases their flavors without crushing them completely. It’s key to achieving the perfect infusion.
  • Fine Mesh Strainer (optional). If you prefer a clearer drink without bits of fruit or herbs, use a fine mesh strainer when serving to filter these out. You don’t need a special pitcher that holds the fruit, but they are nice if you love infused water.
  • Refrigerator. The refrigerator is essential for chilling the infused water. It allows the flavors to develop over a few hours and enhances the taste of the drink

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Now, let’s move on to some tips to ensure you get the most out of your refreshing beverage creation.

✨ Tips for the best fruit-infused water

This is a super easy recipe!

  • Choosing the Right Blackberries. Opt for ripe but firm blackberries for the best balance of sweetness and tartness. Overripe berries can make the water too mushy, while underripe ones may lack flavor.
  • Maximizing Lemon Flavor. Peel off a bit of the zest before slicing to extract the most flavor from the lemon slices without adding bitterness. This minimizes the amount of white pith, which can impart a bitter taste.
  • Water Temperature. Using cold water from the start helps to keep the fruits fresh and prevents them from breaking down too quickly. This can happen in room temperature water.
  • Infusion Time Variations. Experiment with different infusion times. While 1-2 hours is a good starting point, leaving it overnight can intensify the flavors. But, if you plan to infuse for longer, consider adding the lemon slices later. This will avoid bitterness.
  • Serving Suggestions. Serve in clear glasses to showcase the vibrant colors of the fruit. This visual appeal is a big part of the enjoyment of infused waters.
  • Repurposing Infused Fruits. After you’ve enjoyed the water, don’t discard the fruit! You can use the infused blackberries and lemon slices in smoothies. They also make a flavorful topping for yogurt or oatmeal.
  • By paying attention to these small details, you can elevate the quality of your blackberry lemon infused water. It will become a refreshing hit in any setting.

🥫 Storage and make ahead instructions

Properly storing your blackberry lemon-infused water is key to maintaining its freshness and flavor.

  • Refrigeration: Store the infused water in the refrigerator. It’s best consumed within 24-48 hours. After this time, the fruits may start to decompose, altering the taste and appearance of the water.
  • Covered Container: Use a pitcher with a lid or cover it with plastic wrap. This helps to keep out any odors from the fridge and prevents any contamination.
  • Freezing: For a longer shelf life, you can freeze the infused water. Pour it into ice cube trays and freeze. These infused ice cubes are perfect for adding a flavor burst to plain water or other beverages. But, remember that freezing may slightly change the texture of the fruits. It can make them softer once thawed.
  • Avoiding Bitterness. If you plan to store the infused water for more than a day, consider removing the lemon slices after the initial infusion period (1-2 hours). They can make the water bitter over time.

By following these storage tips, you can enjoy your blackberry lemon infused water at its best, ensuring a refreshing and flavorful experience each time.

Can I use frozen blackberries instead of fresh ones?

Yes, you can use frozen blackberries. They work well and can even help chill the water faster. However, keep in mind that as they thaw, they might slightly change the texture of the water. This could make it a bit cloudier

How can I make this recipe sweeter without adding sugar?

If you prefer a sweeter taste without adding sugar, try using naturally sweet fruits like sliced strawberries or oranges. You can also steep a natural sweetener like stevia leaves along with the blackberries and lemon.

Is it necessary to muddle the fruits?

Muddling helps release the flavors and juices of the fruits, enhancing the overall taste of the water. If you prefer a subtler flavor, you can skip this step, but the infusion might not be as pronounced.

Can I reuse the fruits for another batch?

The fruits can be reused, but the second batch will have a milder flavor. It’s best to add a few fresh slices or berries to rejuvenate the taste.

Is this recipe suitable for kids?

Absolutely! This is a fun and healthy alternative to sugary drinks for kids. The natural sweetness and appealing colors make it attractive to children.

❤️ More refreshing lemon recipes you’ll love

Anything lemon is perfect for winter and spring. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Sipping on Blackberry Lemonade is the perfect way to cool off on a hot summer day. It has a refreshing fusion of tart lemons and sweet blackberries.
  • Brighten up your picnic table with a pitcher of Pink Lemonade. It has a rosy hue and sweet-tart flavor that is sure to bring smiles.
  • Nothing beats the creamy and zesty combination found in a slice of Lemon Meringue Pie. It’s especially delicious when topped with perfectly toasted meringue.
  • Spread some sunshine on your morning toast with Homemade Lemon Curd. It’s a sweet and tangy treat that’s easy to make.
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