Thursday, July 4, 2013

Blueberry Lemonade

The dog days of summer are here and the mercury is rising. In an effort to keep cool, celebrate the 4th of July, and make good use of all my blueberries, I whipped up a refreshing batch of blueberry lemonade.  Just the right amount of sweet AND tart, you really can't go wrong with this beverage.
Blueberry Lemonade
You'll need...
1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed (about 6 lemons)
3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
1/2 cup blueberries
4 cups water
Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat.  Whisk to combine and bring mixture to a boil.  Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and set aside.
Juice the lemons into a large measuring cup.  Juice them over a sieve to catch any seeds.  Discard any seeds or pulp caught in the sieve.
TIP:  Roll the lemons on the counter or microwave for 5-10 seconds to get the most juice out of them.
Put the blueberries into the emptied sieve and place it over the measuring cup now holding the lemon juice.  Use the back of a spoon to crush the berries and collect the juice in the measuring cup.  You won't get a lot, maybe a couple of tablespoons, but that's all you'll need.  Once you've gotten everything you can out of the berries, discard the skins and anything else left in the sieve.
In a large pitcher, combine the lemon and blueberry juices, the simple syrup and 4 cups of cold water.  Makes about 6 cups of lemonade.  Shake or stir to combine, and serve over ice.  Enjoy!

Happy 4th!

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