Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade

Weather: 40 degrees, rain
What I’m listening to: kids watching Mulan and Pastor Alaska cracking eggs into a skillet

My oldest son is participating in Alaska Lemonade Day today – an annual event that teaches kids business and entrepreneurial skills. A few weeks back, he went to a workshop at our local Home Depot and they helped him make his own lemonade stand. Then, he brought it home and painted it a sunshiny shade of yellow. He designed a logo with Pastor Alaska on the computer and had custom vinyl banners made by students at the high school. He asked me to help him develop freshly-squeezed lemonade recipes in multiple flavors. When he had decided on his favorite flavors and recipes, the entire family spent the evening juicing lemons and making large batches of simple syrup and fruit puree. This afternoon he is heading to our local Three Bears store to sell his product.

Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry LemonadeOne of the flavors we developed – and both of my sons’ favorite – was Blueberry Lemonade. Also, when I took to my Facebook Fan Page and asked readers which flavor they would choose, Blueberry was the most popular. I have to say that this is the most impressive, beautiful pitcher of lemonade I’ve ever made. The color…. oh, the color. Float some lemon slices and fresh blueberries in the pitcher and you’ve got something really special to serve for Mother’s Day, baby or bridal showers, or any special event you have coming up this summer.

Blueberry Lemonade

Yield: About 8 cups (1 half gallon)

Blueberry Lemonade

A beautiful freshly-squeezed lemonade made with fresh blueberries.

Ingredients

    For the Simple Syrup:
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • For the Blueberry Puree:
  • 2 cups blueberries (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • 1 cup cold water
  • For the Lemonade:
  • zest of one lemon
  • 1 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 cups cold water
  • ice
  • lemon slices and fresh blueberries (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a saucepan over high heat, mix together the water and the sugar. Cook until the sugar dissolves and it becomes a clear syrup. Remove from heat and set aside to cool while you do the next steps.
  2. Add the blueberries and the 1 cup cold water to a blender. Pulse until the mixture is pureed.
  3. To a half-gallon pitcher, add the lemon zest, lemon juice, 2 cups cold water, ice, and lemon slices/fresh blueberries, if using. Stir in the blueberry puree and the simple syrup until well combined. Taste for sweetness and add more cold water if needed. Refrigerate to chill through or serve over ice.

Notes

For a smoother lemonade, strain prior to serving to remove pulp and blueberry seeds/skin. The lemonade pictured is unstrained.

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8 comments
DeeGee99
DeeGee99

Excellent stuff. My husband loves lemonade, and he loved this! Thanks for posting the recipe.

Maria
Maria

I made this last night for our Mother's Day lunch with Mom. It was my first from scratch lemonade and  It's delicious and beautiful, it will look great on the table with the flowers


Jennifer
Jennifer

This sounds delicious and your photos are beautiful! Now all you need is some lemonade weather. (When does it warm up where you are?)

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

Wonderful! I hope it was a big hit. Happy Mother's Day! :)

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

@Jennifer Thank you Jennifer! :) As for lemonade weather, as you so nicely put it, it's all relative. Warm here is 60-70. :) But, we still have patches of snow in the yard, so I'm definitely ready for everything to turn green and to be able to plant our garden! How warm is it where you are?

Jennifer
Jennifer

@alaskafromscratch For some reason I thought you'd have a warm summer like we do. We have cold and snowy winters here, but also quite warm summers (80's or 90's in August are not uncommon). But you're right, it is all relative. Hoping you get some of that soon. I know how long the winters are, so we've earned it ;)

alaskafromscratch
alaskafromscratch moderator

There are parts of Alaska that do - like the panhandle and interior Alaska, but here on the Peninsula we're surrounded by water so it stays pretty cool. :) no air conditioners needed! Lol.

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