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In the Kitchen

By Katie Goodman
The weather is warming up and it’s time for weekend backyard barbecues. You can’t have a barbecue without a refreshing drink. This one is great for both adults and kids.
This fun drink was inspired by blackberries being on sale for 88 cents per container. That’s a great deal around here! If you can’t find fresh berries cheaply, you can use frozen as well. We didn’t have any fresh berries left after eating them, so I used frozen here.


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Ingredients

6 ounces blackberries, fresh or frozen
1 teaspoons lime zest
Pinch of salt
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons lime juice
16 ounces sparkling water

Directions

To make the blackberry lime coulis:
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Measure out 6 ounces of blackberries.
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Combine the blackberries, lime zest, salt, sugar, and lime juice in a small to medium-sized saucepan. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook just until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat.
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Place the berry mixture in a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Set a fine mesh strainer over a glass or bowl. Place the puree in the strainer and strain until all that is left are the seeds and the thick pulp. Stirring the mixture in the strainer periodically helps press the juices through faster. Discard the seeds.
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To make the spritzer:
In a large pitcher, combine the sparkling water and the blackberry coulis. Be sure to slowly add the coulis to the sparkling water, as it may fizz. Stir until combined. Add additional lime juice and/or sugar to suit your personal taste.
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Serve chilled with frozen blackberries as ice cubs and a wedge of lime.
About the Author:
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Katie Goodman resides in New Mexico with her husband and two children (a 4-year-old boy and an 18-month-old girl). Learning in the kitchen, eating, trying new recipes, and sharing them with friends and loved ones are some of Katie’s favorite things to do. She wholeheartedly believes that part of the goodness in life is enjoying good food with good friends and family, and goodLife {eats} is a place for her to share what she finds good in the kitchen.



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