My summer has had painfully little pool time and absolutely no beach time. I haven’t had a sunburn all summer. A weekend or two ago I had two missions, get some serious tan lines and make some killer lemonade.
Let me just tell you, mission accomplished.
I sported my wide brim sun hat and my Audrey Hepburn sunglasses for two days straight. I didn’t get anything accomplished except a tan. And of course, this lemonade.
At first I planned to make regular old lemonade. Why mess with something so perfect? But leave it to me to trash up a classic. I ended up making a blueberry syrup infused with lemon zest, added it to freshly squeezed lemon juice and ice cold water. The result? A super refreshing summertime drink.
If you glance at the directions they may seem like this is complicated. It really isn’t. It just has a couple different steps. You start by juicing about a half dozen lemons. Then combine water, blueberries, sugar, and lemon zest in a small skillet. Let the blueberry mixture simmer until your blueberries fall apart. Let your blueberry syrup cool and pour it in your blender and blend until everything is a smooth consistency. At this point you can start adding the lemon juice, blueberry syrup and water together. Or you can strain the blueberry syrup through a small mesh strainer (this is what I did) either option will work great!
So next time you’re planning to spend a day pool side whip up a pitcher of this fresh Blueberry Lemonade. You won’t be sorry!
- ¾ cup lemon juice
- 2 cups blueberries (divided)
- 2 cups water
- ¾ cup sugar*
- Zest from 2 lemons
- Additional water (see directions)
- In a small sauce pan combine the water, sugar, 1 cup of blueberries, and the lemon zest over medium to medium high heat. Bring the mixture to a simmer and let cook until the blueberries begin to fall apart. (I let this simmer about 10 minutes)
- Remove mixture from heat and let cool
- When the blueberry syrup is cool pour into a blender and blend approximately 30 seconds. At this point you can strain the blueberry mixture with a fine mesh strainer if you wish.
- Juice the lemons until you have ¾ cup of juice, being sure to remove any seeds.
- Grab a one gallon container. Pour in the lemon juice, blueberry syrup and fill the pitcher the rest of the way with water and ice.
- Add the reserved one cup of blueberries.
- *If you like really sweet lemonade increase to 1 cup.