Minted Blueberry Lemonade
I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but here on the East Coast, were experiencing a heat wave. UGH! Hotness, humid, gross, sticky weather that makes you wanna stay inside until Fall rolls around. Even taking Medo outside for 5 minutes is incredibly painful. Days like these are what make me crave Fall and Winter (I’m totally a cold weather girl). I also start craving iced tea, sangria and lemonade too :)! Any of which would be a perfect cooling beverage when it’s 96 and 100% humidity outside.
Insert Minted Blueberry Lemonade! I got this idea for this delicious and fruity beverage from a little lemonade stand in Baltimore. They make fresh lemonade for you and will add in orange juice, lime juice or strawberries. They’re pretty darn amazing. And since I refuse to expose myself to the outdoors at this moment, taking a trip to Baltimore is out of the question. So I came up with my own recipe using blueberries and mint and was able to enjoy fresh, tangy and slightly sweet lemonade right on my couch. With the AC blasting. And not a drop of sweat in sight!
This lemonade starts like any other basic lemonade recipe – tons of lemons, water and some sugar. But I decided to cut down on the amount of sugar since I prefer a tart flavor to sweet and the blueberries I got were over the top sweet anyways. The mint, well, mint is the perfect summer herb. Why not add it in? Just makes everything that much more refreshing.
If you’re not a blueberry fan you can totally use strawberries, raspberries or blackberries. Or whatever other fruit you’re feeling. I bet peach would be good too (I’ll be trying that out in a month or so)! You’ll notice in this recipe I chose not to strain my fruit mixture. I kinda liked the chunks of blueberry floating around. But if you’re not into random fruit chunks in your drinks, feel free to strain the fruit mixture after step 2. You’ll still end up with all that great fruity flavor. Either way this is the perfect summer time drink!
Minted Blueberry Lemonade:
- 2 1/2 cups blueberries (or other berries)
- 1/4-1/3 cup roughly chopped mint (more or less depending on your preference)
- Pinch of salt
- 7 cups + 1/4 cup water, separated
- 3/4 cup sugar or honey
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- In a heavy bottomed pot add in the blueberries, mint, salt and 1/4 cup of water. Heat over medium heat and stir to dissolve sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until blueberries breakdown and form a thick syrup (you may need to use the back of a spoon to squash the blueberries if they don’t break down themselves). This should take about 10-15 minutes.
- Once berries have formed a thickened syrup, turn off heat and set aside to cool. Feel free to strain fruit mixture at this point if you do not want fruit pieces in your lemonade.
- Meanwhile, in a large pitcher add in the 7 cups of water and lemon juice.
- Once blueberries have cooled slightly, pour the fruit and syrup into the water and lemon mixture. Stir to combine make sure both the water and syrup have fully combined.
- Place pitcher in the refrigerator for at least 2-3 hours or overnight. Serve ice cold.
You tell me! What’s your favorite summer time fruit? What type of beverages do you crave in the summer? How do you beat the summer heat?