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Blueberry Bliss Lemonade

The temperatures are starting to soar into the 90s so now is the time to make sure you have plenty of cold refreshing drinks on hand. If you are growing mint, it makes a great drink garnish for this thirst quenching lemonade.

Ingredients for lemonade

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 7 ½ cups cold water (around 2 quarts)
  • Mint or basil leaves for garnish

Ingredients for blueberry syrup

  • 1 pint (around 2 cups) blueberries
  • 2 cups water
  • 8 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Make your lemonade
    • Squeeze/juice 4 large lemons into a pitcher
    • Add the sugar and fill with the cold water, stir briskly and refrigerate while you make your blueberry syrup
  • Make your blueberry syrup
    • Add the blueberries, sugar and water to a pot and bring to a boil (just like making cranberry sauce at Thanksgiving!)
    • After you get it to a boil, reduce and simmer for around 5 minutes
    • As it simmers, mash up the blueberries with a fork or potato masher
    • Remove from heat, stir in the vanilla extract
    • Cool and strain into a jar
    • Store in refrigerator for around one week in an airtight container

Blueberry Bliss Lemonade

  • Pour around 4 tablespoons of the syrup into a tall glass
  • Fill with ice and pour lemonade over the top
  • Garnish with mint or basil and a slice of lemon

Sipping Secrets: The syrup is poured into the glass first to make that ombre effect. Add a splash of seltzer for a fizzy drink. Add white rum for an adult one. You can buy blueberry syrup if you don’t want to make it.

Waste Not, Want Not: If you have not added alcohol, you can pour the remainder into an ice cube tray for later use.

Cybele Tamulonis
Cybele Tamulonis, Contributing Writer

Cybele is a writer and editor with more than 16 years in the publishing industry. An avid reader, you can usually find her with the latest new book release from the local library. She currently resides on a farm in Hardwick with her husband and four children. In her spare time, she writes historical fiction specific to New Jersey.