10 Minute Blueberry Mint Lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade

Ban boring lemonade from your table!

In just minutes, your lemonade can go from forgettable to fabulous with the addition of blueberries and mint.

All you do is muddle (or whirl for a few pulses in your food processor) some blueberries, throw in some mint and – you’re got WOW!

This technique requires a little time for flavors to mingle, but no time at all for boiling or stirring or making a simple syrup.

C’mon! Don’t you just love berry time of year?

10 Minute Blueberry Lemonade
 
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10 minutes is all you need to get oooh's and aaah's for a tasty spin on lemonade!
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Recipe type: Beverage
Serves: sevres 4 to 6
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice ( about 4 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • ¼ cup diced mint leaves
  • ½ cup sugar (or, the equivalent of your favorite sweetener) (add more to your taste, if desired)
  • 6 cups cold water
Instructions
  1. Place the lemon juice, lemon zest, blueberries in a food processor and pulse until blueberries are in small bits, about 5 pulses.
  2. Strain through a strainer. Save some of the bigger chunks of blueberries for garnishing your glasses and then discard the pulp.
  3. Stir in the mint leaves, sugar and water. Stir in the chunks of blueberries. Taste and add additional sugar or sweetener, as desired.
  4. Serve over ice.

Other bloggers do berry lemonade:

Sparkling Raspberry Lemonade, Natasha’s Kitchen
Strawberry Basil Lemonade, Closet Cooking
Blueberry Lavender Lemonade, Baking a Moment

Frozen Grapefruit Mimosa for Mother’s Day Brunch

Variation on the classic, perfect for a Mother’s Day brunch.

Frozen Grapefruit Mimosa

Frozen Grapefruit Mimosa for a Mother’s Day (or any) Brunch

I have a confession. The standard mimosa? Orange juice and champagne? Beloved by all Basic Girls? I’ve never really cared for it. Orange juice in any cocktail, really. (Okay, so it probably has something to do with too many cheap screwdrivers in college, if I’m being truly honest.) At brunches past, if I felt like something stronger than coffee, I usually went for a bloody mary instead.

UNTIL! Until I discovered one very simple change: using grapefruit juice instead of orange. What a contrast! No longer too sweet, just a touch of tart and sour while still retaining the brightness of citrus – this made all the difference. For this coming Sunday, I decided to use this new-to-me variation and experiment with making it frozen as well. I do love any excuse to use the amazing Ninja, though any high-speed blender will do the job. If you’re looking for something that nods to the classics but adds something fresh and new, this could be just the thing! …

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Rosemary Infused Lemonade Recipe

Rosemary Lemonade

The perfect spring drink just might be this lemonade infused with rosemary.

I love infusing lemonade with unique flavors. I crave this Blueberry Mint Lemonade, for example.

The surprising thing about this lemonade is that you smell the rosemary first before you taste it – as you lift a glass to your mouth you smell the lemon and the rosemary.

This is as easy as steeping some rosemary in simple syrup and then adding lemon juice, ice and a sprig of rosemary for extra pizzazz. Who needs little paper umbrellas when you can have real herbs as a twizzle stick?

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Halloween Spider Punch Recipe

I am a firm believer that food should be fun. Most especially Halloween food. And Halloween beverages.

If you have three things on hand you can make a festive drink that will impress all your favorite gouls and goblins. All you need is orange juice, a splash of club soda and grenadine syrup, a pomegranate syrup used mostly by bartenders – but you can find it at any mega mart these days. This drink is basically is a virgin tequila sunrise, my favorite mocktail. To get the “layered” look in the glass, place in glass in the following order: a little grenadine syrup; ice cubes to fill the glass; mix together the club soda and orange juice and then slowly pour that in; more grenadine syrup. That’s it!

This is a re-post and update of a recipe I posted two Hallowens ago, and  presentation idea came from Everyday Food by the Martha Stewart folks – but I changed the beverage to something completely different. Black licorice ropes and black sanding sugar make this presentation spectacular, but are entirely optional. For the spider, just cut some spider “legs” and bundle them together and tie with a long licorice strand. For the black top of the glass, place a piece of tape around top of glass about 1/2 inch from the top. Then, rub corn syrup over the top 1/2 inch and then roll in black sanding sugar. Remove tape. Couldn’t be easier!

Happy Hauntings to You and Yours!

— posted by Donna

 

Other bewitching beverages:

Vampire Punch, Cookin Canuck
Cherry Scary Punch, Healthy. Happy. Life.
Blood Punch, The Cooking Photographer