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Blackberry-Sage Water

Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields 2 quarts

Servings: 8

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

Nutritional Information

  • Calories (kcal) : 20
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 0
  • Fat (g): 0
  • Saturated Fat (g): 0
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 0
  • Cholesterol (mg): 0
  • Sodium (mg): 0
  • Carbohydrates (g): 5
  • Fiber (g): 1
  • Protein (g): 0


  • 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.


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    suziethefoodie | 05/31/2012

    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.

  • mamachef30 | 01/06/2012

    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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