As July is winding to a close, we still have a few more days to celebrate National Berry Month!
July is known as National Berry Month because the growing season for berries is the strongest in these later months of summer. Almost all berries are packed with nutritious components, including Vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and phytochemicals, all important parts of one’s daily diet.
With a natural sweetness and versatility in flavor, there are plenty of ways to get your daily berry intake, but we thought we’d help you do it… with a bang!
Below are five beverage recipes, alcoholic and non, that are packed full of bursting berry flavor. From blueberries and raspberries to strawberries and peaches, there’s something for everyone and a little bit in-between! Keep scrolling and you may even find a few of our favorite berry food dishes.
1 large pear
1/2 cup of grapes
1 cup of blueberries
Directions: Wash the pear thoroughly, and remove stem and seeds. Slice into appropriate sizes. Remove grapes from the stem, and then wash grapes and blueberries thoroughly. Add pear, grapes, and blueberries to the juicer. Enjoy! Pour over ice, if desired. Recipe courtesy of HUROM.
2 cups of sliced cherry tomatoes
1/8 cup of sliced pears
1/4 cup of frozen blueberries
1/4 cup of frozen raspberries
Directions: Prepare frozen blueberries and raspberries. Wash cherry tomatoes thoroughly. Wash pears thoroughly and slice into appropriate sizes, with peel intact. Put the juicer lever on “close.” Alternate the order of ingredient insertion. Recipe courtesy of HUROM.
Raspberry Peach Pops
1 cup frozen raspberries
1/4 cup Prosecco
1/2 bottle Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup frozen peaches
1/4 cup Prosecco
1/2 bottle Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine
2 tablespoons sugar
Directions: To make the raspberry layer, purée raspberries, Prosecco, Sparkling Ice Black Raspberry, and sugar in a blender until very smooth. Fill each popsicle mold ½ full with raspberry mixture. Freeze while you make the peach purée. To make the peach layer, purée peaches, Prosecco, Sparkling Ice Peach Nectarine, and sugar in a blender until very smooth. Pour peach mixture over raspberry mixture to fill molds. Freeze until firm, at least 2 hours. Recipe courtesy of Sparkling Ice.
Sparkling Pimm’s Punch
1 blood orange, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
2 cucumbers, sliced
1 lb. whole strawberries
1 bunch fresh mint leaves
1 (750ml) bottle Pimm’s No. 1
1 cup gin
4 1/2 cups Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade
Directions: In a large punch bowl, combine the blood oranges, lemons, cucumbers, strawberries, and half of the mint. Pour in the Pimm’s, gin, and Sparkling Ice Strawberry Lemonade, stir until combined. Fill glasses with ice and ladle in the punch, garnish with the remaining mint and serve. Recipe courtesy of Sparkling Ice.
Red, White, and Blue, Berry Mule
2 ounces berry Vodka (blueberry or raspberry)
6 ounces Extra Spicy Brooklyn Crafted Ginger Beer Mini
Directions: Muddle blueberries and blackberries in a shaker. Add vodka and shake. Fill Moscow mule mug with ice. Pour in muddled berries and vodka and fill with Brooklyn Crafted (roughly 6oz). Garnish with blueberries and blackberries. Recipe courtesy of Brooklyn Crafted.
Strawberry Cookie Bars
Strawberry preserves complement the crunchy, nutty peanuts just perfectly in this cookie bar. This wonderful homemade casual dessert or after-school snack is sure to transport adults back to warm childhood memories.
Fresh Berry Dutch Baby Pancake with Macadamia Nuts
An impressive dish that is simple to make, as well as being fresh and tasty! Feel free to be creative with the fillings, such as adding peach basil or strawberry rhubarb. Dutch Babies are lovely for brunch or any meal that needs an elegant touch.
Small Batch Refrigerator Blackberry Jam
Take advantage of seasonal blackberries with this easy to prepare refrigerator jam! We added aromatic roasted cinnamon and a pinch of fresh-ground black pepper to our jam, but it is just as delicious made simply with sweet ripe berries and sugar.
Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie
This pie isn’t very different from a traditional strawberry rhubarb pie, but since we’re using a baking sheet with raised edges, it’s big enough to feed a huge crowd. Not to mention that this recipe uses fresh ingredients to create a perfect combination sweet and tart.
Happy National Berry Month!