For some reason, yesterday afternoon I was wishing it was already Fall. I think because I was sitting on my computer drooling over these boots when I should have been balancing my budget or something.
Anyway, then I remembered that I had a big bowl of pineapple and rainier cherries in the fridge, cute wedges in my closet and a new black bikini that’s hardly been worn yet, and all of a sudden I was glad it was summer again…and not Fall.
Then I made some of this lemonade and was really glad it was still summer! Oh yes I was.
It’s a pretty drink, wouldn’t you say? Lemonade has always been one of my favorite treats. But not that powered
crap stuff. Just thinking about that gives me a cavity. And definitely not crystal light, either! I’m talking good ol’ fashioned lemonade served in frosty Ball jars with colorful straws.
The idea for this refreshing summer drink was born when I realized that I already had a big bottle of blueberry juice leftover in my fridge from making a blueberry almond tart a couple weeks ago.
What’s a girl to do?
Add a splash to her lemonade, that’s what! Along with sparkling water. Sparkles make everything better!
You know what would be really cute that I didn’t even think to do? Freeze blueberries and use them as ice cubes! But you already were thinking that, huh? You’re so smart.
I bet you were also thinking you could add booze to this, weren’t you? Just a little?
Let me know how that works out for you.
Sparkling Blueberry Lemonade
makes 1 pitcher
3/4 cup sugar*
1 cup water
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (roughly about 8 large lemons)
1/2 cup blueberry juice
3 cups cold sparkling water
Bring the sugar and water to a simmer on the stove and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Pour simple syrup into a cup and stick in the fridge to chill for an hour.
When ready to make lemonade, juice lemons then pour lemon juice through a strainer into the pitcher to catch the seeds. Add the chilled simple syrup to the lemon juice along with the blueberry juice and sparkling water. Stir well.
Serve with frozen blueberries and additional lemon slices if desired.
1.5 hours (Including time to chill simple syrup)
**to make your lemonade less sweet, use 1/2 cup sugar instead of 3/4 cup