Blueberry Mint Lemonade – Hydrating Summer Mocktail to Beat the Heat
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 the perfect mocktail to beat the summer heat.
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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. It turns a can of lemonade into a summer mocktail!
What is a mocktail?
A mocktail is a nonalcoholic drink that consists of a mixture of fruit juices or other soft drinks. It is usually garnished with fruit or other food items to make it look like a cocktail.
Since a mocktail has no alcohol in it, it make the perfect drink for pregnant ladies, and is a fun way to let the kids feel grown up with their own adult looking, but child-friendly drink.
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.
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 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.
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.
Making blueberry mint lemonade
In order to make this summer cooler, you will need blueberries, mint leaves and a can of lemonade. Just three ingredients – my idea of a perfect recipe.
You will also need a cocktail shaker and strainer and a muddler – or if you’re like me, and are forever unprepared, you can improvise this last tool with whatever comes to mind to do the trick.
How to make summer mocktail
Start out by putting your blueberries i the shaker and then slap the mint to release more of its flavor. Yes, you heard me right, 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 the blueberries and mint! 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.
Pour in the lemonade and put on the lid.
REALLY IMPORTANT TIP: 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!
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.
Would you like a reminder of this refreshing summer mocktail? Just pin this image to one of your drinks boards on Pinterest.
I hope your enjoy this recipe, and if you try it let me know what you think in the comments section!
Admin note: This post first appeared on the blog in August of 2015. I have updated the post with some new photos, extra tips and a printable recipe card.
Blueberry Mint Lemonade
Turn a can of lemonade into blueberry mint lemonade with just two more ingredients. It's the perfect summer cooler.
Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes
1/2 cup of blueberries
1/2 cup of mint leaves
1 can of lemonade
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.
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 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.
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!
You will also need a cocktail shaker and a cocktail shaker strainer
and a muddler
Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.
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