Nothing satisfies the soul like spending a warm evening in the yard with great friends, food, and drinks. I knew that that I wanted something that was light and refreshing and for that I turned to a summer staple, lemonade. Regular lemonade would not cut it and as I stood outside pondering what to make, a breeze carried the bright and fresh scent of mint up to my nose. HMMM mint and lemonade go great together, but it was still missing something, a fruit. The humble blueberry would complement the lemon and mint well.
Sparkling Blueberry Mint Lemonade
2 Cups of Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
2 Cups of Lemon Juice (approx 4-16 lemons)
20 Sprigs of Fresh Mint
2 Cups of Sugar
4 Cups of Water
2 Cups of Sparking Wine or Champagne (Lemon Lime Seltzer Water can be substituted for a non alcoholic version)
- First make mint syrup by rinsing and draining the mint leaves. Put in a saucepan with water and sugar. Place on medium heat and stir until the sugar is combined. Once the sugar is incorporated cover and let the mint leaves marinate for a minimum of 1 hour. Then strain it into a pitcher, discarding the leaves. Set aside.
- To make blueberry juice, add the 2 cups of blueberries to a blender and puree. Once pureed you can strain the juice for a cleaner liquid or use as is if you prefer a pulpier drink.
- In a large pitcher, stir together the mint syrup, blueberry juice, and lemon juice. Once the ingredients are thoroughly incorporated add the sparkling wine give a light stir.
- You can freeze some blueberries ahead of time (if using fresh) and can pour them into the glasses for a little edible treat.