We’ve had a few hot days in Maine this summer. Not as hot as some places in the country, but still, hotter (and more humid) than I care for!
I found myself really wanting some strawberry lemonade, something refreshing, cool, and a bit sweet. And I have all these strawberries, that I’ve only used a little of, which still need to be put to use. They’ve been taking up too much space in my freezer.
But… I also had gone blueberry picking with a friend some time ago – and had yet to do anything with those blueberries! We spent a LOOOONG time out picking those berries, so I had a lot of them, and wanted to do more with them then putting them on my morning yogurt before I stuck them in the freezer.
A thought starts brewing in my mind… what if I combined my blueberries and strawberries and made myself some strawberry-blueberry-lemonade? Yumm.
I dug up a few recipes to help guide me (as usual… no reason to start on these things completely blind). I Googled “Blueberry Juice” and came up with a great recipe from Eggless Cooking, which I used almost directly. This was to deal with the blueberries and ended up looking like this:
- 1¼ cup blueberries
- 1 cup water
- 1 tsp sugar.
I put these together in a saucepan and put them on the stove to boil. After they’ve reached a boil, I turned the temp down and let them simmer for about 10 minutes.
While that was boiling I took some of the strawberries (which I had thawed) and tossed them in the blender to puree them. I forgot to measure as I put them in, but I ended up with 2 cups when they were all blended up.
To this I added:
- ½ tsp sugar
½ c. water
1 Tbsp Lemon Juice (because I realized, I didn’t have any lemons, and wanted just a slight hint of the lemon flavor).
Once the blueberries were done I strained out the juice, then added ½ cup water to the remaining berries and blended them up.
I then added these to the mix, and added 2 more cups of water (to liquefy it a bit more) and put it in the fridge for a time.
The end result:
It is a little thick – but I like that! I can either drink it straight from the fridge like that, and have more of a smoothie, or I can add ice-cubes and some cold water to my cup to have a more juice-like drink. For the legal-drinking-age crowd, you can also add a dash of something heavier and have a fruity cocktail.