Blueberry mint lemonade – refreshing summer drink with fresh squeezed lemons, added flavor of blueberries, and an extra kick of mint!
I'm still waiting for the day my first tomato grows in my garden.
My plants are from seed plus I started them kind of late for the season, so I'm getting impatient to see if they will EVER produce some tomatoes (I really want to make my caprese salad again).
I'm also growing cucumbers, and I didn't know those seemingly harmless plants spread like butter. It is currently attempting to strangle anything and everything around it.
One thing I have been able to grow/keep alive is my mint plant. Mint is apparently very easy to grow but I want to take a little credit anyway.
I keep trying to think of ways to use mint just so I can say “This is from my garden!” So when Joy posted this blueberry mint lemonade, it sounded like a good way to use up some of my mint.
I just realized this is the second blueberry recipe I've been inspired to make from her, the first being the fabulous double berry cinnamon swirl bread. Check that out, if you haven't already – you'll thank me later.
Back to the lemonade. I prefer my lemonade a little less lemony and a little more sweet, but if you are the opposite of me you can swap out some of the sugar for lemon juice. ALSO, you may want to filter out the chopped mint leaves and blueberry pulp through a fine mesh strainer. I was going to do this but then I decided mint leaves are healthy and ate them anyway (slash really just couldn't find my fine mesh strainer).
If you also need a reason to leave them in (can't find your strainer) too, here's an article talking about the benefits of eating mint leaves. Helps with all sorts of things from digestion to alertness!
The fun part is getting to squeeze your lemons. Don't you think that's fun? Or is it just me? To serve 2, squeeze up 1/2 cup.
You'll add the lemon juice, mint leaves (I picked about 15 leaves from my sweet mint plant), 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup fresh blueberries to a blender. Here's where you'd then strain out the mint leaves if you chose to do so.
Add water to your flavor preference, I added 2 and 1/2 cups split between two glasses.
Serve over ice and enjoy!
Recommended and useful items for this blueberry mint lemonade recipe:
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- 1 handful of sweet mint leaves (I picked 15 leaves)
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 1/2 cups water
- Ice for serving
- In a blender, add blueberries, mint leaves, lemon juice and sugar and blend.
- If you want to strain the mint leaves and blueberry pulp out, do so now with a fine mesh strainer over a bowl or other container, making sure to get as much of the liquid through as you can. (Note: I chose to leave the mint leaves in without straining.)
- Add water and pour into two glasses.
- Serve over ice.
Adapted from Joy the Baker
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