Blueberry Sparkling Lemonade is a pretty and refreshing summer drink. A pitcher of this would surely be a hit at your summer gatherings.
This is made with both fresh blueberries and freshly squeezed lemon juice. The blueberries are cooked down with some sugar in water and then strained to make a blueberry syrup that is not overly sweet.
The blueberry syrup is combined with fresh lemon juice and sparkling water. You can easily adjust the intensity and sweetness of the drink by adding more sparkling water.
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- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh blueberries
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup lemon juice, freshly squeezed
- 5 cups sparkling water or seltzer water
- Optional garnish:
- lemon slices
- mint leaves
Bring the water, blueberries and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Turn the heat down to medium low heat and let them simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until they are broken down.
Mash the blueberries by hand with a potato masher, or pulse them in a food processor. Pour them into a fine mesh strainer placed over a large bowl, and let them sit until all of the syrup has drained through. You will only be using the strained syrup.
Add the blueberry syrup to a large pitcher. Stir in the lemon juice and sparkling water.
You may want to start out with only 4 cups of the sparkling water if you like a sweeter drink. You can taste it and add additional sparkling water if you want to. 5 cups is just right for a slightly sweet lemonade.
Fill a tall glass with ice and pour the lemonade over it.
Add the option garnishes lemon slice, mint leaves and a straw if you are using them.