Blueberry Mint Lemonade

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I love summer days.  There’s nothing better than having a day off, poolside tanning and a little bit of swimming.  Today I did all those things!  I normally don’t have Saturdays off, so I wanted to take full advantage of my time off!  One of my friends lives in an apartment complex with a pool, and let me tell you, her pool is perfect!

I did learn something really shocking today between flipping through magazines and soaking up some rays – even though LA is warm all the time, the water is NOT like bath water.  It’s actually kind of chilly!! It was a nice surprise, because when you’re heating up in the sun it’s refreshing to jump in to a cool pool.  I’m so used to NC water that’s always warm in the summer.

After sufficiently sunning ourselves, I drove home, and was craving something sweet and refreshing to drink.  We had been drinking water all day to stay hydrated by the pool, but I wanted something with a little flavor.  Then I came up with the idea to make Blueberry Mint Lemonade.

Summer is a great time for pool days and sipping cocktails (and mocktails!). Try my recipe for a sweet and refreshing glass of blueberry mint lemonade!

This weekend I’m going out of town to Palm Springs for a good friend’s birthday getaway (I’ll fill you in more later on that, I’m very excited about it!!).  But before I leave I need to use up some of the things in my fridge.  So I thought I could come up with an idea for a sweet and refreshing drink to fill my craving based out of the things I already had in the fridge.

Summer is a great time for pool days and sipping cocktails (and mocktails!). Try my recipe for a sweet and refreshing glass of blueberry mint lemonade!

I went grocery shopping semi-recently and I wanted to buy some sparkling water.  I happened to not be wearing my glasses when I left my house that day (this never ends well).  Much to my dismay, when I got home I realized that I had in fact not purchased sparkling water, but instead I had purchased sparkling lemonade…  Not being a huge fan of sparkling lemonade, I have been trying to use it up for several weeks now, but I just don’t like the taste of it by itself.  I figured I could probably doctor it up to make it a little less bitter and a little more sweet!

I love fresh blueberries. Check out my post about places to go in Los Angeles, featuring the Culver City farmers market!

I had tons of the blueberries in the fridge, and thought that their sweetness would help fix the sharpness of the sparkling lemonade, and the tangy bite they have would compliment the sparkling lemonade well.

Summer is a great time for pool days and sipping cocktails (and mocktails!). Try my recipe for a sweet and refreshing glass of blueberry mint lemonade!

I also had a whoooooooole lot of mint.  Now the mint is all gone and I have a yummy drink!  I know mint and lemonade go really well together, and that the herb would give me that refreshing taste I was looking for.

Summer is a great time for pool days and sipping cocktails (and mocktails!). Try my recipe for a sweet and refreshing glass of blueberry mint lemonade!

It’s a simple recipe.  These are the only supplies you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of mint leaves
  • 1 can of lemonade (I prefer regular, but if sparkling is all you have, go for it!)
  • A cocktail shaker (with a very good seal) and a cocktail shaker strainer
  • a muddler – or if you’re like me, and are forever unprepared, you can improvise this

Summer is a great time for pool days and sipping cocktails (and mocktails!). Try my recipe for a sweet and refreshing glass of blueberry mint lemonade!

Directions (and commentary):

  • First you take the half cup of blueberries and pour them in the shaker.
  • Slap the mint to release more of the flavor (yes, literally slap it.  Put it on your right hand and slap it with you left…or vise versa, trust me, you’ll be glad you did) and add it to the shaker.
  • Muddle it!  Really go to town on this, the more you muddle the more flavorful the drink will be.  Earlier I mentioned that I’m forever unprepared, (remember that time I made a new creation/mess-terpiece called Cakies?).   Well true to form, I don’t have a muddler.  But the back end of a big whisk works pretty well.
  • Add the lemonade and a few ice cubes and put the lid on.
  • REALLY IMPORTANT:  If you are using sparkling lemonade, IT IS SPARKLING and will be carbonated and fizzy when you start to shake (I made the mistake of shaking it way too hard the first time I made this drink).  That’s why it’s important to have a good seal on your cocktail shaker.  If you’re using regular lemonade, you’re ahead of the game.  This warning doesn’t apply.
  • Pour the drink through a strainer into a clean glass and garnish (optional) with mint and a slice of lemon.
  • Enjoy your Blueberry Mint Lemonade!

Summer is a great time for pool days and sipping cocktails (and mocktails!). Try my recipe for a sweet and refreshing glass of blueberry mint lemonade!

I really enjoy this drink, and hope you do too if you try it!  I would highly suggest using regular lemonade so it’s a little less messy when you shake it.  But either way, it’s really tasty.

Also, don’t throw out your mint and blueberry remnants from the shaker.  You can use them to make infused water.  Check out my tutorial for how to make infused water here.

Blueberry Mint Lemonade
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ cup of blueberries
  • ½ cup of mint leaves
  • 1 can of lemonade
  • A cocktail shaker and a cocktail shaker strainer
  • A muddler
Instructions
  1. Take the half cup of blueberries and pour them in the shaker.
  2. Slap the mint to release more of the flavor (yes, literally slap it. Put it on your right hand and slap it with you left...or vise versa, trust me, you'll be glad you did) and add it to the shaker.
  3. Muddle it! Really go to town on this, the more you muddle the more flavorful the drink will be.
  4. Add the lemonade and a few ice cubes and put the lid on.
  5. REALLY IMPORTANT: If you are using sparkling lemonade, IT IS SPARKLING and will be carbonated and fizzy when you start to shake (I made the mistake of shaking it way to hard the first time I made this drink). That's why it's important to have a good seal on your cocktail shaker. If you're using regular lemonade, you're ahead of the game. This warning doesn't apply.
  6. Pour the drink through a strainer into a clean glass and garnish (optional) with mint and a slice of lemon.
  7. Enjoy your Blueberry Mint Lemonade!

I hope your enjoy this recipe, and if you try it let me know what you think in the comments section!

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