Blueberry Lemonade, or How I Plan To Survive the Summer

Posted on by MK Carroll

blueberry lemonade
Blueberry Lemonade

5 cups water

3/4 cup turbinado sugar

1/2 cup light agave nectar

2 1/2 cups lemon/lime/calamansi juice (I'm working with a heap of assorted citrus)

what was supposed to be 1/2 pint fresh blueberries, but I ate some
(bought them at the co-op - expensive! But sweet and flavorful)

Half the water in a small pot with the sugar and blueberries, brought
to boil and then simmered until the blueberries started to pop. Mashed
the blueberries and then added the zest from one lemon to the mix and
let it cool, then strained out the blueberries. Mixed all together and served over ice, garnished with a few more blueberries. It's a really pretty bright pinky-purple, and I can taste
blueberry, but not as strongly as I'd like to. Next time I think I'll use frozen blueberries and blend them up with the immersible blender and leave them in the lemonade.  I might also use about 1/2 cup - 3/4 cup agave nectar and leave out the sugar (agave nectar is sweeter than cane sugar). I was a little concerned about the taste of the agave, but the light version is very mild.

Yes, yes, I could try making mango lemonade... :P

I used this metric conversion table to figure out the metric version of the recipe, but I did guess a bit at the weights:

1.25 liters water

170 grams turbinado sugar (I don't know if this goes by another
name overseas - I also see it called raw sugar, although it's been
processed and isn't truly raw).

125 ml light agave nectar

560 ml lemon or other tart/sour citrus juice

224 ml blueberries