With summer in full swing, there are so many fun drink recipes I’ve been dying to try. Typically, I opt for water over juice to stay hydrated, but it’s hard to resist a glass of cold lemonade on a hot day. I gravitate toward flavour-infused lemonades but have yet to find the perfect Blueberry Mint Lemonade recipe – the lemon often overpowers the other flavours. So I decided to make my own concoction!
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup muddled mint leaves
1/4 cup muddled blueberries
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (approx. 2 lemons)
1/4 cup mint leaves
1/4 cup blueberries
2 thin slices of lemon
1) Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan to make the syrup.
2) Using a mortar and pestle, lightly crush the mint leaves. Repeat for the blueberries.
3) Add mint leaves and blueberries to the sugar water and bring to a simmer. Stir until the sugar has dissolved, then let cool. Cover the syrup and let it rest for several hours, so the mint and blueberry flavours are fully infused.
4) Strain the syrup into a large pitcher, and add in the water and fresh lemon juice. Add the extra blueberries, mint leaves, and slices of lemon. Let sit overnight in the fridge, and the next day it will be ready to serve!
— For a boozy twist, add some rum and I swear it tastes like a Lemonade Mojito! —
I found this large water bottle at the Real Canadian Superstore. It was perfect to hold my lemonade – it was easy to make the drink directly in the bottle (along with fruit and other garnishes), then re-attach the spout for transportation and pouring.
I brought this along on a recent picnic with my boyfriend, and instead of packing extra glasses we opted to use these fun neon straws for sipping.
Water bottle: Real Canadian Superstore | Neon Straws: Oh Joy! for Target
What are some of your favourite summer drinks? xo