Tuesday, April 5, 2011
BLUEBERRY MINT LEMONADE WITH A KICK
This is a great way to get more fruit in your diet. This drink has a cup of fresh blueberries in it. BLUEBERRIES???? Who knew when blended they would turn this beautiful color?
This drink is sure to perk you up on a warm summer day. I know, it's Spring, but I have so many Meyer lemons, my mint is growing like crazy, and I needed to prepare for summer :)
BLUEBERRY MINT LEMONADE
1 cup of freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice
3/4 cup of super fine sugar
4 cups water
1 cup fresh blueberries, stems removed
1/3 cup fresh mint
3/4 cup vodka (optional)
Juice the lemons and transfer the juice to a blender.
Make a simple syrup by bringing 4 cups water to a boil. Add the sugar and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and cool.
Add the blueberries, mint and cooled syrup to the blender. Blend until the mixture turns pink and the mint is finely chopped. Add vodka if desired.
Let the flavors sit for 1 hour and then pour the mixture into a pitcher through a strainer to remove the blueberry skins and mint leaves.
Pour in a glass with some ice cubes and garnish with a mint sprig.