Blackberry limeade inspired by a pop-up dinner event full of berries! This frozen blackberry limeade is perfect for summer sipping!

Frozen blackberry limeade by @DessertForTwo

I had dinner with 10 strangers the other night. Well, 9, because I had a date. And she was gorgeous. I’ll get to that in a minute.

Cozying up with strangers for a homey meal at a person’s house you’ve never been to sounds weird, no? It’s actually called a ‘pop-up’ dinner. Pop-up dinners are my new favorite way to meet friends and eat good food.

It starts with a chick (or dude) who loves to cook and makes seriously delicious food. Their friends tell them ‘you should open a restaurant!!!’ for years before they actually consider it. A pop-up dinner party is their first foray into a restaurant. The wannabe chef opens up their house and cooks food for anyone who buys a ticket. In my case, the chick was Sherrie, and my date was Erin.

pop-up-dinner

It was a lovely night. The theme was strawberries/ Springtime/ vegan + gluten free (mostly). We started with a strawberry shrub and finished with coconut panna cotta with salt and pepper strawberries. If you’re drooling, well, so was I.

Sherrie sent us home with so many berries that I’ve been putting them in everything lately! Strawberry yogurt pie, strawberry gin fizzes, you name it, there are berries in it!

The inspiration for frozen blackberry limeade:

When I had some berries that were on their last leg, I tossed them in the blender with ice, lemon juice and a touch of raw sugar and made lemonade slushies! It was almost like that time I made peach wine slushies, but better because I could drink them before noon!

pop-up-dinner-party

With an ambiance like this, how can you really go wrong, though?

The sun quickly set, and this is the last photo of the food I took for lack of better light. But the entire menu was fantastic: strawberry-chamomile shrubs, toast with goat cheese and pea shoots, risotto with roasted veggies and a fried egg, vegan coconut panna cotta, and a tea cocktail with Amaro, post-dessert.

with-food-and-love-dinner

As soon as I snapped this photo, I slipped my phone in my purse and enjoyed the evening company and food, technology-free. It was a fantastic night that warmed my heart.

The multitude of frozen berry lemonade/ limeade slushies that came into my life afterwards were just a perk.

This frozen blackberry limeade was completely inspired by Sherrie, and happily, it’s stayed in my kitchen ever since. I also happen to have a daughter who is obsessed with blackberries, so as soon as she’s open to frozen things, she’ll be enjoying this!

Frozen limeade with blackberries @DessertForTwo

Yield: 2 drinks

Frozen Blackberry Limeade

Frozen Blackberry Limeade
Frozen lemonade gets an upgrade with blackberries and lime juice!
Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces fresh blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar (or honey or granulated sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 cups crushed ice

Instructions

  1. In a high-speed powerful blender, combine all ingredients. Blend very well until slushy-like. Serve immediately.
  2. If you need to make them in advance, you can, but allow for significant thaw time before serving. Pulse again in the blender before serving.

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 372 Total Fat: 4g Sodium: 9mg Carbohydrates: 83g Sugar: 40g Protein: 12g