Blackberry limeade inspired by a pop-up dinner event full of berries! This frozen blackberry limeade is perfect for summer sipping!
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 my friend, Erin.
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.
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!
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.
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!
- 6 ounces fresh blackberries
- 2 tablespoons raw sugar (or honey or granulated sugar)
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 2 cups crushed ice
- In a high-speed powerful blender, combine all ingredients. Blend very well until slushy-like. Serve immediately.
- 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.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 82Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 7mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 5gSugar: 15gProtein: 1g