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Blackberry, Ginger and Mint Drink

By Sharon | Recipes

Jul 26

The combination of blackberry, ginger and mint are cool and refreshing on a hot summer day.

This is more of a suggestion of how to combine the components to make this into a drink to your favorite taste of the different elements.  I’m sure mine comes out different every time.

I used the freeze-dried blackberry powder from Nutri Fruit.  It’s all the best flavor of the blackberry broken down for you.  It contains all the nutrition of a full serving of fresh blackberries and easy to keep in the house.

The Ginger Concentrate and Mint Simple Syrup can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator ready for you.

To make the Ginger Concentrate peel and chop about 1 pound of fresh ginger.  Rinse it in fresh water and then put in a small saucepan and add about 4-6 cups of water.  Bring it to a boil and turn down to simmer.  Cook until there’s about 1 cup of liquid left.  Cool and strain into a glass jar, cover tightly and store for later use.

To make the Mint Simple Syrup combine equal parts of sugar and water, about 1 cup of each.  I use organic sugar.  Bring it to a simmer and make sure the sugar is completely dissolved.  Add a handful of fresh mint leaves and simmer for about 5 more minutes.  Cool and strain into a glass jar, cover tightly and store for later use.

The freeze-dried fruit powders can get clumpy from sitting in the cabinet due to humidity in the air. Put them in an air-tight container in the freezer to keep them fresh. I just put my little container in a quart Ziploc bag.

The freeze-dried fruit powders can be difficult to mix into a cold liquid so to combine your elements of the drink together use a blender or stick blender.  I have done it with both and they work equally well.  It’s easier to get the flavors right if you use the blender since you can get all the water in there to make several glasses or a pitcher.  Also, you can add ice for crushed ice in the drink.  Of course you can use your stick blender right in the 2-quart pitcher.

In the blender add about 1/4 cup of Ginger Concentrate, 2 to 4 tablespoons of blackberry powder, and about 1/4 cup of Mint Simple Syrup.  Add about 1 cup of water and blend thoroughly.  Add ice, if desired and water to about 2/3 of the blender bowl.  Mix thoroughly and taste.  At this point add more of any of the 3 ingredients to get a taste that you like.  I really like the kick of Ginger so I usually add a lot of it.

Pour into a 2-quart pitcher or directly into glasses to serve.  The drink will be frothy when it’s first finished blending from the fruit powder.  If you leave the pitcher sit in the refrigerator for awhile the froth will go away.

Have fun with the flavors, mix it the way you like it.

 

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