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Blackberry-Sage Water

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Serves 8

Yields 2 quarts

  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 111

The idea here is a DIY flavored water: healthier and less expensive than those enhanced waters you see at the supermarket. In this version, sage adds complexity to deep, dark blackberry purée

  • 15 medium fresh sage leaves
  • 2 Tbs. granulated sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 6 oz. fresh blackberries

Put the sage leaves and sugar in a small pot and crush the leaves with a wooden spoon. Pour in the boiling water and stir until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to steep and cool for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a blender, purée the blackberries with 2 cups cold water. Strain the blackberry liquid and sage liquid through a fine strainer into a large bowl; discard the solids. Pour the liquid into a large pitcher. Add 5 cups cold water and stir to combine. Serve over ice.

nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 20; Fat (g): fat g 0; Fat Calories (kcal): 0; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 0; Protein (g): protein g 0; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 5; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 0; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 0; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Exactly as described! Not a juice but more of a "water essence" of blackberries and sage. For those who want it sweeter you could add honey or a simple syrup. I think a little lime juice would have been a nice touch. Everyone who had it really liked it and found it refreshing. A nice change from just water, filled with all sorts of antioxidants.

Excellent drink for a hot summer's day! I made this drink for a summer gathering along with the watermelon-basil water recipe. The adults loved it...the kids did not. The flavoring is more subtle in this water than the watermelon-basil water yet is incredibly refreshing. It puts the store-bought waters to shame. If you're looking for something the kids will also love, check out the watermelon-basil water.

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