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.
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!
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!
Frozen Blackberry Limeade
Frozen lemonade gets an upgrade with blackberries and lime juice!
- 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
These are gorgeous! I'll definitely be trying these this summer, most likely with a splash or two of chambord :)
Um, best idea ever. As soon as this kid pops out in July, I'm doin' what Taylor said.
Abby @ Heart of a Baker says
I loved following this dinner on Snap, it looked amazing! Needless to say, a busy Wednesday means I'm totally making these tonight!
SUCH a fun night! I'm so glad I got to be your date, and hats off to Sherrie. The meal and setting couldn't have more perfect! STL is just too cool.
This sounds so refreshing. Will be making some soon.
shawnna griffin says
hey girl Glad y'all had a lot of fun! The limeade looks so good! And that Erin, I just love her!
Jessica @ Citrus Blossom Bliss says
This looks like so much fun, and what a gorgeous setup! The blackberry limeade looks so darn refreshing, too. Perfect for the upcoming summer months!
Adam Barnett says
Usually I'm skeptical when it comes to vegan and gluten free desserts, but this one looks really fresh. I'm going to give it a try.
Made this tonight. Used 4 packets of Truvia instead of the sugar. Yummy! Should have tried this recipe back when my sister's mulberry tree was full. Maybe next year...
Phoebe @ Feed Me Phoebe says
Serious FOMO ALERT.