Monday, May 1, 2017

Blueberry Lemonade..........Plain and Sparkling

The blueberries this spring are so big and sweet; it is the perfect time to make blueberry lemonade. You can make it plain or sparkling. So easy and so good. You can make it sparkling by adding club soda to some of the syrup. Or for an adult drink, add Champagne. Ganish with lemon slices and blueberries.
Blueberry Lemonade
Blueberry Syrup:
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/4 cup sugar 
1/2 lemon, juiced 
Put the blueberries, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, then reduce the heat and simmer until thick, 20 to 25 minutes. Strain the blueberries through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing to get all the liquid out, then place the liquid in the fridge and chill until cold (or place the pan in a bowl of ice to chill down fast).
Lemonade:
3 cups sugar
12 1/2 lemons, juiced 
Mix the sugar with 3 cups of tap water and stir until the sugar is dissolved to make a simple syrup. Pour the lemon juice into a large pitcher. Pour in 1/3 of the simple syrup +1 Tbsp and 4 cups of water (give or take). Add the blueberry syrup, stir it around and then give it a taste. Add more simple syrup if it needs sweetness, or more water if it needs dilution. Pour in a glass with ice and serve.
Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade:
Just add some ice to a glass, pour a bit of the blueberry simple syrup over the ice, add blueberries, then slowly pour in lemonade and top with a splash of club soda. Garnish and enjoy!

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