Want to beat the heat of summer? Swap out those sugar filled drinks for this blueberry lemonade with hints of mint. Sweet, tart and ice cold!
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This recipe was originally published on 8/4/16
Anyone else cringe when they go to take a nice long gulp from what you think is a cold drink only to find it luke warm? As a professed sun lover, I need to be able to hang in the sun with an ice cold drink. Is that too much to ask?!
I especially love refreshing beverages and nothing says more refreshing to me than cold lemonade.
Blueberry Lemonade Without Processed Sugar
I love a good ice cold lemonade, but most of them come with so much sugar your teeth get grimy. I know you’ve felt it, amiright? And with the kids glugging the stuff like it’s water, having it be a touch healthier would be amazing.
So I decided to make it happen. Creating a healthier summer treat that we can all enjoy whenever we want is what I call summer success! It’s also perfect to serve at parties or Springtime holidays.
How do you sweeten blueberry lemonade?
Most lemonade out there uses sugar to make it sweet, but I wanted something a bit healthier. I decided to use maple syrup since I love the flavor especially paired with the blueberry.
Maple syrup is also a liquid so it mixes in very easily. You can also use a dry sugar like coconut sugar, but it would be best to mix it with a bit of warmed up liquid first so that it fully disintegrates into the drink.
How do you keep blueberry lemonade cold?
So we have this delicious and healthier version of our favorite summer drink, but how do we keep it from getting hot and nasty?
- Lug around a giant cooler of ice. Anyone else have more than one kid? I have three. Three young kids that can barely carry themselves let alone help with supplies for a day at the beach or park. Picture five-foot 100 pound me lugging: umbrella, beach bag, beach toy bag, towels, chairs, and a giant cooler.
- Comfort Cup® by Chinet® insulated cups. This sounds a bit easier.
These cups are disposable and insulated. They even have lids that your littles can drink through, or you can easily slip in a straw!
These cups help keep my sanity and allow me to take my children out for a day of fun without worries about lugging tons around. It’s one step closer to a stress free day! If there is such a thing with 3 kids.
How to Make Healthier Blueberry Lemonade
There are a few different options when it comes to making this recipe, one with a much better end result, but it takes some planning ahead.
My trick is that the ice cubes are the blueberry. So no watery drinks once the ice melts. Instead you get a blueberry mint infusion and an enjoyable cold delicious drink all day long!
- Freeze ice cubes.
- Mix the lemonade and pour into cups.
If you decide to use the Comfort Cup® by Chinet® insulated cups, here are some of my favorite tips:
- Keep ice in each individual cup (no need to carry a cooler), then fill each with blueberry mint lemonade once you reach your destination. Leave the giant drink container in the car and voila! Cold drinks for the day.
- Fill each cup with the lemonade before you leave. Let kids carry their cups filled with a cold refreshing drink around for the day.
- Bring cups along, fill each one at the car and leave the cooler behind.
- While throwing your fun summer party, use these fully insulated cups instead of regular cups. No more throwing away of drinks left to get hot in the sun!
Blueberry Lemonade with Mint
For ice cubes
- 1 cup blueberries , fresh or frozen
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon mint leaves , packed plus extra for garnish
- 2 teaspoons maple syrup
- 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup maple syrup (see note)
- Blend all ice cube ingredients until texture of choice. Either smooth or somewhat chunky works great.
- Divide mixture into a 12 serving ice cube tray and freeze.
- To make lemonade, juice lemons until you get about 1/2 cup of juice. I only used 1 regular sized lemon and juiced it in my juicer.
- Combine lemon juice and water in a large container.
- Warm maple syrup to allow it to mix better. Pour into container with water and lemon juice and mix well. If using a dry sweetener, then warm about 1 cup of the water and mix the dry sweetener into the warm water until it dissolves.
- Then pour into the large container with the rest of the water and the lemon juice. Place in refrigerator to get cold.
- Once ice cubes are done, put 3 cubes into each cup, garnish with some fresh mint and pour lemonade over the ice cubes and garnish. As the ice melts, the blueberry flavor will come through.
- You can also use sweetener of choice if you don’t like maple syrup. If you use a dry sweetener, you will need to warm up some of the water and then dissolve the dry sweetener into the water so it mixes better.
- Make ice cubes. Juice lemon.
- Great drink for kids!
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