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.