If the weather where you are is anything like the weather we’re having, it’s HOT. Hot, humid, sunny, full-on summer — which means it’s the perfect time to be enjoying the most refreshing, cooling beverages. And this Blueberry Lemonade is definitely my favorite hot-weather drink lately. Since I first made it three weeks ago, from the blueberries I picked from the berry farm with Fearless Toddler, I have been drinking it (and making more batches) non-stop. In fact, I’m enjoying another glass of it right now, as I type this up. Really!
This Blueberry Lemonade has all the qualities of a perfect summertime beverage — it’s refreshing, tangy, citrusy, and sweet without being too sweet. The easy-to-make blueberry simple syrup has a delicious sweet + tangy flavor that marries perfectly and balances wonderfully with the tart, citrusy lemon juice. And how gorgeous is that bright berry color?! Poured over a tall glass of ice, garnished with extra fresh berries, lemon slices, and a sprig of mint, it’s as easy on the eyes as it is on the taste buds. A simple, delicious, lovely drink to showcase those beautiful in-season fresh blueberries. I hope y’all give this fantastic Blueberry Lemonade a try — I know you will love it!
serves 6, adapted from Eat.Drink.Love.
1 cup water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup fresh blueberries
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice (from 3-5 lemons, depending on their juiciness)
Make the blueberry simple syrup: Combine the water and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Stir in blueberries and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until blueberries have broken down, about 5-7 minutes.
Strain blueberry mixture through a cheesecloth or fine sieve into a large pitcher; let cool completely. Discard solids.
In the same pitcher, whisk together the blueberry syrup, lemon juice and 5 cups water. Place in the refrigerator until chilled.
Serve over ice, garnished with lemon slices, blueberries, and mint leaves, if desired.