Sunday, July 10, 2016

Blastin' Blueberry Lemonade (Sugar Free Option)

I think we all like to have those cooling summertime beverages to run to when the temperatures climb. 

I often make my Naturally Sweetened Lemonade. (Recipe below) Enjoying the juice and pulp from those fresh-squeezed lemons always makes me feel spoiled. 

I found a way to 'dress' up this easy recipe by using blueberries. 


I used frozen berries to cook the syrup and that worked just fine, so whether you use fresh or frozen, I think you're sure to enjoy this tasty and cooling beverage. 

So this is what I did with the blueberries, and then added them to the recipe below. 

ENJOY!! 
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(If you prefer - add about 2/3 c. sugar to blueberries before cooking instead of using liquid stevia in the lemonade...you can always add more sweetener/sugar later if you desire) 

To make
BLUEBERRY SYRUP:

2 c. frozen or fresh blueberries
1 c. water

Place blueberries and water in saucepan, over low heat. (Adding sugar if you prefer to use it instead of liquid stevia)
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; cook for about 5 - 7 minutes or until blueberries pop open and cook down. Pour blueberry mixture into a sieve and strain, saving the liquid. Discard the pulp. Add to lemonade; stir until blended. Chill about 2 hours. Serve over ice cubes and with a lemon wedge. Store leftovers in fridge for 2 - 3 days. 


NATURALLY SWEETENED LEMONADE 

6 fresh lemons, juiced

1 sliced lemon to add to glasses when serving, optional 
(original recipe says to add to pitcher, but we found it made the lemonade bitter) 

1 teaspoon liquid Stevia, lemon or vanilla

2 quarts of water 
(if making blueberry syrup, make sure you save room for it by adding less water) 

1 cup ice cubes

Slice lemons in half, squeeze out juice into a bowl, remove seeds. Add juice to a large pitcher.

Add 2 quarts of water to a pitcher.

Stir in 1 teaspoon of (liquid) stevia. Taste to decide if you want more or not.

Refrigerate until ready to serve; serve over ice and enjoy!!!


Linked to 
           Weekend Potluck
           Meal Plan Monday
           Full Plate Thursday


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