I’ve been away in Virginia again – heck I’ve been twice just since June 5th, and I am going back on Labor Day weekend. The summer is really a slow time for bloggers, I get it: I’m a slacker – especially since I’ve still been cooking gluten free and have missed some good posts – but never fear! My culinary experiments will appear here, I promise!
One of the things I love about the summer is lemonade! Yum! I make mine with Real Lemon and following this recipe right here:
For 2 quarts: Full Ziplist recipe at bottom of post
1 cup of Real Lemon
1 cup of sugar (you can adjust to taste here – totally your preference here!)
6 1/2 cups of water
Easy peasy, right? Well, I decided that I wanted to try to make a blueberry simple syrup for my lemonade today, and the results were FANTASTIC!
You just follow this formula for a sweet, sticky, beautiful blueberry simple syrup:
For Blueberry Simple Syrup: Full Ziplist recipe at bottom of post
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
2 cups of blueberries
Cook ’em down until the color starts to leave the berries – I should note that blueberries won’t lose their color like the strawberries do, so just put them on the stove and simmer while stirring constantly – right before they boil set the timer for about 5 – 6 minutes or so. I taste as I go, that’s science right there! Then you strain them (excuse the blurry image – I had some distractions today!):
I have a little glass bottle I keep my simple syrups in – it says LEMON on it. Don’t judge.
I’ve seen glass bottles just like this at Wal-Mart (that don’t say LEMON) but you are looking for one with this kind of lid to seal it up when you pop into the fridge.
YUMMY! Ok – so now – you just add it to your lemonade! Get a glass of ice and add the syrup:
Then top with your lemonade! That’s it! Oh – stir it up, of course!
One concern I had was “What color is this gonna be?” Well, it turned out a beautiful almost cranberry color. Cool beans!
Go make ya some – you won’t regret it! But if you do – please leave a comment. Or leave a comment if you love it. Let me know how yours turned out or if you use the syrup for something else!