To tell the truth, I wasn't planning on blogging about this wonderful beverage, but after trying it, I just HAD to write about it.
First you'll need to make a "simple syrup". As the name implies, it's very simple - just combine water and sugar together and bring to a boil, then cool.
Next you'll need freshly squeezed lemon juice. I squeezed about 6 medium lemons to get the amount I needed. If you're squeezing by hand or using a citrus press, you may need to buy a few extra lemons. An electric citrus juicer makes the job pretty fast and easy - gets every single drop of juice too.
You'll also need some frozen blueberries. Wyman's band is my favorite because the blueberries are tiny and super sweet. And the color they lend is stunning.
Oh my goodness, it's so good! I had hoped to get a better daytime photo, but the family guzzled it down so fast I had to literally pour the last bit into this glass to capture a quick picture. Enjoy!!
Blueberry Lemonade (or Mojitos)
1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lime)
1 lemon, sliced (or lime)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
5 1/2 to 6 1/2 cups of cold water
fresh mint leaves (optional)
In a saucepan over medium heat, make a "sugar syrup" by combining 1 1/2 cups each sugar and water.
Bring to a boil, remove from heat; set aside until cool.
In a large pitcher, combine the cooled simple syrup with the remaining ingredients.
Stir well, chill, and serve.
To make Mojitos, add 1 cup of white rum to the recipe above.
Don't throw those empty lemon halves away. Freeze them - the next time a recipe calls for lemon zest, pull a frozen half out and zest away! This works for limes and oranges too.
adapted from The Cooking Photographer