Blueberry mint lemonade – refreshing summer drink with fresh squeezed lemons, added flavor of blueberries, and an extra kick of mint! A perfect summertime drink for sitting on the patio and enjoying warmer weather.
One of the very few things I have been able to grow and keep alive in my garden 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 leaves.
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 find that’s satisfying? Or is it just me? To serve enough for 2 beverages, squeeze up 1/2 cup.
You’ll add the lemon juice, mint leaves (I picked about 15 small 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!
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- 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
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 262Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 67gFiber: 4gSugar: 59gProtein: 2g
Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.