Late last week I shared a picture of the Mock Chocolate Eclairs on social media and said that I would have the recipe up the end of the night. True to my usual fashion, I over-anticipated what I was able to get done for the day so it never got posted. Or the next day. Or the next.
To make up for my absentmindedness, it's a Two-fer Tuesday!
One of my favorite fruits is berries and I know a loottt of other people can say the same. Blueberries have been enjoying the peak of their season for the last couple of weeks. While I haven't indulged in them as much as I could be, I am making the use of eating handfuls every other day. (And we have thrown them in some pancakes a few times too!)
We just picked up another carton today to last us for the next few weeks. Here's proof:
Don't they just look like they're begging to be used up into something yummy?!
No matter how much you love something plain as is, sometimes you've got to switch things up. Change is good anyway, right?? It's been either hot and/or muggy here lately with no signs of stopping for a while, so we figured one brilliant (ok, sensible and delightful) way to make use of excess blueberries, is in lemonade.
It's the perfect marriage. Sweet with tart. Blue with yellow. Tastiness with tastiness. And the right remedy to quench your thirst on these hot and muggy days. They won't be around for long, and I daresay neither will this lemonade be when you make it.
Here's the recipe to make such deliciousness.
1 pint fresh blueberries
6-8 fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
8-9 cups of water
3/4 cup honey
1 drop of food-grade Lemon essential oil (optional)
Put the basil and 1 cup of blueberries in a large pitcher. Gently muddle them and set aside.
Combine the lemon juice, 1 cup of water, honey, and the remaining blueberries in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a low boil, stirring to dissolve the honey.
When the blueberries release their juice and color, pour the saucepan contents through a fine mesh strainer into the prepared pitcher.
Pour the remaining water into the pitcher, adding a handful of ice if you so choose.
Stir to combine and serve.
Depending on your flavor preferences, feel free to add a drop of food-grade Lemon essential oil to your glass or pitcher.
Lemonade sometimes isn't complete without tangible fruit pieces, so feel free to add lemon slices if desired or actually blueberries as I did above!
Serves 6-8 depending on your glass sizes.