Hey Everyone! So sorry we missed you yesterday for our usual #ThirstyThursday recipe! My sister surprised me with a visit from out of town and it seemed like someone hit the fast forward button on my day after that. In my mind today was Thursday and I had time to get up and get this recipe posted, until I actually got out of bed and realized today was Friday! Good lesson in getting my recipes written out and scheduled ahead of time, so this doesn't happen again! Now lets get to this weeks Thirsty Thursday recipe!
With Spring officially starting, we wanted to give you a fresh, sweet and tangy drink that you can make right through to the end of summer. Lemonade is great because it is so versatile, do you like yours more on the sweeter side? Add a little extra simple syrup. More tart and tangy? Add some more lemon juice! However you enjoy your lemonade, know that you can take this recipe and make it your own, suiting your own unique tastes and preferences. Today we are making a blueberry lemonade. This simple recipe looks beautiful in a glass pitcher and is perfect for those sunny afternoons, sitting on your back deck. I've included a basic lemonade recipe at the bottom, just in case blueberries aren't your thing. Let's jump in!
Blueberry Lemonade Recipe
What you'll need:
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 cups blueberries
- 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
- 2-3 cups cold water
Similar to last week's simple syrup recipe, this week we're adding blueberries to it. So, place 1 cup sugar in a pot with 1 cup of water and place on the stove over medium heat. Stir until no longer cloudy and sugar has fully dissolved into the water. While your simple syrup is cooking, wash your blueberries and smash them using the back of a fork, set aside. Once your simple syrup is finished, remove from heat and add your smashed blueberries, stirring them into the syrup. Let blueberries steep in the simple syrup for about five - ten minutes, then strain out and place syrup in fridge to cool. Our goal with this simple syrup is to keep a fresh, not cooked, blueberry flavor, so rather than cooking the blueberries in the syrup, we want to capture as much fresh flavor as possible. By adding them once the syrup is off the stove and removing them from the mixture before they become cooked, we should get a delicious simple syrup that is rich in blueberry flavor!
Now that your simple syrup is done, it's time to juice your lemons!
Once all the hard work is done, you get to combine your ingredients. Pour your lemon juice and blueberry simple syrup into a pitcher. Add two to three cups of cold water and taste your mixture. Would you like it less sweet, or more lemony? Now is the time to make those adjustments. Keep in mind that you'll be serving the lemonade with ice, which will naturally dilute your lemonade as it melts. Once you're happy with your lemonade flavor, refrigerate for about thirty minutes, letting your lemonade chill and getting those flavors to mix.
Enjoy! I like to fill my pitcher up with ice, stir in some fresh blueberries and serve each cup with a wedge of lemon.
Your basic recipe is really easy! Make your simple syrup (click here for recipe) using 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of water. As your syrup cools, juice your lemons, then combine syrup, lemon juice and water. Remember to taste before putting in the fridge to chill, so you can make your adjustments! Once chilled for thirty minutes, add ice and serve with sliced lemons. What's that saying...easy peasy lemon squeezy?
If you'd like to get creative, try adding your favorite flavors to your lemonade, a fresh sprig of mint, maybe you love strawberries, or peaches? Take this versatile recipe and make it your own!
If you give this recipe a try, snap a picture and tag us on Instagram with #thirstythursdays. We would love to see how you took this recipe and made it your own. Any questions or thoughts, throw them in the comment section below, we'd love to hear from you!