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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Sweet but not too sweet.


Today's blog recipe is for a delicious, refreshing, crisp blueberry mint lemonade. It is the perfect drink to serve for a summer BBQ, and it would not be a bad idea to add some vodka in, if you like. This drink is not too sweet, and not too minty - it has a nice kiss of mint, but you can still taste the lemon and blueberries. I recommend making this simple and fresh juice - there are only four ingredients! You start by making a mint simple syrup, which you combine with your lemons and blueberries at the end. You can leave the lemonade in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. This makes about 6 servings of lemonade.


Mint simple syrup:
3 cups sugar
3 cups water
3 cups packed mint leaves

3 cups fresh lemon juice
4 1/2 cups cold water
4 cups blueberries

1. Make the mint simple syrup by combining sugar, water, and mint in a saucepan. Put over heat and allow to simmer until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and let cool.

Ready to steep.


2. Squeeze your lemons, and combine with water and blueberries in a blender. I do this in two batches because my blender is not big enough. Blend the three ingredient together and strain into a pitcher (or whatever container you are using).

Squeezing lemons.

Ready to blend.


Straining. You are left with the skins of the blueberries.
3. Strain the mint simple syrup, discarding the leaves. Pour the remaining liquid into the blueberry/ lemon mixture and stir to combine.

Mint leaves strained out.

Mint simple syrup.
4. Pour over ice and serve, garnished with a mint leaf. Enjoy!

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