Tired of drinking plain old water all the time? Making homemade blackberry-sage water sounded like such a cool idea, I had to try it. All those antioxidants contained in one glass for very little money made this a must-try recipe.
I find it fascinating that blackberries are traditionally considered a very sensual fruit and yet here they they are balanced by the purification herb sage. A little naughty and a little nice with very few calories. Sweet!
Muddle around 15 fresh sage leaves with 2 tbsp sugar with a wooden spoon.
Cover with 1 cup of boiling water.
Let steep and cool for 15 minutes. (I wasn’t convinced that would be enough sugar so I made a simple syrup just in case.)
Puree 6 oz of blackberries (one small container) with 2 cups of cold water.
Man my new KitchenAid Blender is noisy but it rocks! (Review to come.)
Strain the blackberry liquid and the sage tea/syrup.
Pour liquid into a large pitcher and add 5 cups of cold water. Stir to combine.
Wow! Surprisingly subtle yet super refreshing! I served this to guests on the weekend and everyone liked it. I agree with Reg, a little lime juice would probably perfect this recipe completely. I love how simple and healthy the recipe is yet I did not spending a fortune on special ingredients. I already had the sage from a plant I bought and I got the blackberries for $2.
No, not sweet but then neither is water. A healthy and fascinating summer beverage that was also tasty and enticing. I give this recipe four and a half out of five wooden spoons.
Lucy Ladham-Dyment says
I am sure this is good. But I prefer my water plain.
Debra She Who Seeks says
It’s nice to see a refreshing drink that isn’t loaded with sugar.
Yum! This sounds really good!! I just bought the very same blender to make my “green drinks” in. It really does rock – it can puree all the veggies/fruit down so that it’s drinkable! 🙂
Suzie Ridler says
I drink plain water all day, it was nice to switch it up for once!
Debra, definitely not loaded with sugar. Very healthy!
Tammy, isn’t that blender the best? OMG, I had no idea what I was missing. Makes my life so much easier. So glad you agree!
What a nice way to change up those 8 glasses of water we need each day, sounds so refreshing. Love Ellie’s recipes, so deelish and so sensible.
That sounds wonderful! One of my favorite summer drinks is 100% Juice Red Grapefruit mixed 1/4 c juice to a can of club soda…so very refreshing and not sweet!
Regarding smoked ham hocks – if you haven’t tried Superstore or Sobey’s (if you have Sobey’s) do. Both of them here in Winnipeg (and in Alberta)often have packaged, smoked ham hocks near the bacon/processed meat section. Just check the ingredients for real smoke… 🙂
If all else fails when winter comes again I’ll mail you some. 🙂
Wow, this looks incredible… I’ll have to try this with the sage that I’m growing this year in my mom’s garden! 🙂
D B says
It’s difficult for me to drink water because I need to have something with taste. This sounds great!